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plural beaux\ ˈbōz How to pronounce beaux (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 Kathy Griffin just married longtime beau Randy Bick. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Kathy Griffin married Randy Bick in surprise New Year's wedding, and Lily Tomlin officiated," 2 Jan. 2020 Starring Judy Garland as Esther amid an ensemble cast as the rest of the Smith family and their various beaus, the movie was a perfect wartime parable for the struggle to keep the family unit together in difficult times. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "13 classic holiday films to watch with their modern Christmas counterparts," 6 Dec. 2019 The two most memorable scenes, though, happen outside the party, between Ciara and collaborator (and then-real-life beau) Future. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Music Videos of the 2010s: Staff Picks," 26 Nov. 2019 The singer even revealed her newly single status in one of the posts, having just split from her audio engineer beau, Dan Horton. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Rocks an Edgy Bridesmaid Look at Her Best Friend's Wedding in Mexico," 17 Nov. 2019 The beauty mogul and her beau, rapper Travis Scott, have reportedly broken up, or are at least taking a break, according to reports late Tuesday. Los Angeles Times, "Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott split, but it may be temporary," 2 Oct. 2019 Wedding bells are ringing for singer Cassie and her beau, celebrity trainer Alex Fine, who tied the knot in a surprise ceremony on Wednesday in Malibu. Charli Penn, Essence, "Cassie and Alex Fine Marry In Surprise Wedding In Malibu," 25 Sep. 2019 After performing at the American Music Awards⁠—where the British singer also snuggled up to her beau Anwar Hadid⁠—she headed to another stage, this time across the world in Sydney, Australia to perform at the ARIA Awards. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Dua Lipa, Cardi B, and More," 30 Nov. 2019 For her part, Cyrus has also remained mostly mum on her separation from Hemsworth, but she's been anything but quiet about her newfound happiness, first with girlfriend Kaitlyn Carter and now with beau Cody Simpson. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Liam Hemsworth’s Sister-in-Law Said He 'Deserves More’ Than Miley Cyrus," 23 Nov. 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

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“Beau.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of beau

old-fashioned : a woman's male lover or friend

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