beau

noun
\ ˈbō \
plural beaux\ˈbōz \ 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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While there’s been no official confirmation from the beaus themselves, Justin’s father Jeremy seems to have hinted on Instagram that the rumors are definitely tru-mours. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Engagement Ring Justin Bieber Gave Hailey Baldwin Is Extremely Large," 9 July 2018 Disney announced earlier this month that Chinese actor Yoson An would take on the role of Chen Honghui, an army recruit and Mulan’s eventual love interest, replacing her original beau, army captain Li Shang. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "20 reasons why the live-action ‘Mulan’ should be more like the animated musical," 18 June 2018 After dating Disick on-and-off for years and having three children with him, Kardashian moved on to a new beau, model Younes Bendjima, in December 2016. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Did Kendall Jenner Just Shade Sofia Richie on Instagram Again?," 6 Feb. 2018 The Taunton, MA Gazette reported in 1889 that one unfortunate fellow walked a mile and a half to present his May basket to his potential sweetheart, only to find that a basket from another beau was already hanging on her door. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "Do You Remember May Basket Day?," 24 Mar. 2016 Ever since word got out that Bieber proposed to Hailey Baldwin this past weekend, Selena fans relished in the fact that the actress will no longer have to return to her longtime on-and-off beau. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Twitter Is Celebrating That Selena Gomez Will Never Ever Date Justin Bieber Again," 9 July 2018 The actress and singer, who will celebrate her 49th birthday later this month, stepped out in Los Angeles on Sunday night with beau Alex Rodriguez. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Lopez Wears a Sexy $52 Two-Piece Ensemble for Date Night with Alex Rodriguez," 9 July 2018 Eugenie's mother was photographed with Jack at Royal Ascot last year and posted a sweet tribute to her daughter and her beau following their engagement in January. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "6 Things to Know About Jack Brooksbank's Family Ahead of His Wedding to Princess Eugenie," 26 June 2018 Ora, joined by beau Andrew Wyatt, took in the sights wearing a polished skirt suit with an unexpected raver-girl slant. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Rita Ora Gives the Power Suit a Raver Girl Makeover," 5 June 2018

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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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beau

noun

English Language Learners Definition of beau

: a woman's male lover or friend

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