\ ˈbō How to pronounce beau (audio) \
plural beaux\ ˈbōz How to pronounce beau (audio) \ or beaus

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Examples of beau in a Sentence

Her beaux between marriage generally fell into two categories: ineffectual pretty boys or handsome brutes. — Joanne Kaufman, People, 21 Mar. 1988 This was essentially the vehicle that had been perfected, through more than a century or two, for—and by—a continuing line of fops, beaux, macaronis, dudes, bucks, blades, swells, bloods and mashers. — Osbert Sitwell, The Scarlet Tree, 1975 She introduced us to her latest beau. her new beau brought flowers when he picked her up for their first date
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Recent Examples on the Web The Christina on the Coast star, 38, shared an adorable smiling shot of the couple on the beach to Instagram on Sunday alongside some heartfelt words for her new beau. Abigail Adams,, 19 Sep. 2021 Ramakrishnan, 19, already has a couple name in mind for Devi and her new beau. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 19 July 2021 Transitioning from a scene of Lil Nas X and his beau sitting before a fire, things heat up even more when the couple hold each other and get intimate inside a tent. Nicholas Rice,, 17 Sep. 2021 When thrown over by her brain-dead, very white rapper beau Jordan (Peyton Meyer), her ensuing public meltdown could cost her her endorsements. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Haack took to Instagram Thursday to share a photo of her and her new beau beachside. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 9 July 2021 This summer, Kourtney Kardashian and her new beau stopped by, as did comedian Chelsea Handler for a girl’s trip. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 26 Aug. 2021 My Big Fat Fab Life's Whitney Way Thore has a secret new beau. Naledi Ushe,, 21 July 2021 The two were also accompanied by their dog Billie, who starred in Pugh's birthday post for her beau. Georgia Slater,, 5 July 2021

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First Known Use of beau

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beau

borrowed from French, from beau, bel (masculine), belle (feminine) "beautiful, good-looking," going back to Old French bel, going back to Latin bellus, probably going back (via *duellos, assimilated from *duenlos) to *dwenelos, diminutive of *dwe-nos "good" (whence Old Latin duenos, Latin bonus) — more at bounty

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16 Oct 2021

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“Beau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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: a woman's male lover or friend : boyfriend

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