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
Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 1653
BEAU Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of beau for English Language Learners
: a woman's male lover or friend
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