\ 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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Forget the baggy, loose mechanic’s boiler suit: in New York City last night for her beau Travis Scott’s concert, Kylie Jenner put a whole new va-va-voom spin on the look. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Puts a Bombshell Spin on the Jumpsuit," 30 Nov. 2018 Exactly one month ahead of the October 12 festivities, Vanity Fair published an image of the invitation for the ceremony between the ninth-in-line to the throne and her entrepreneur beau. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress code reportedly stricter than Meghan Markle’s," 16 Sep. 2018 Another take could be that Markle was feeling Payne's performance a little too much, and her royal beau was caught subtly teasing her for it. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Shared a Hilarious Candid Moment at a Royal Event," 13 Mar. 2018 In a picture posted by her beau Christian Carino, the pop star showed off the light purple hue. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga Debuts Silver Hair Ahead of Vegas Residency," 23 Dec. 2018 Camila Mendes was also super excited for her beau and posted the big news on her Instagram story with a cute sticker. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Vanessa Hudgens and Charles Melton Are Co-Starring in a Movie Together!," 21 Dec. 2018 News, the pair was attending the sixth annual Winter Wonderland Toys for Tots party on Tuesday, and in one of the shots, Hyland leans away from her beau. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Wells Adams Shares an Adorable, Supportive Photo of Himself With Sarah Hyland," 13 Dec. 2018 Some are still hoping/wishing/pleading that the day will come when Darlene and her childhood beau will reunite and Blue, David's current girlfriend, will be out of the picture. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The Conners' Fans Are Going Berserk Over Darlene's Red-Hot Fling With Her Boss," 5 Dec. 2018 Witherspoon's Elle set her sights on law school after being dumped by her beau in the first Legally Blonde released in 2001. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Reese Witherspoon confirms 'Legally Blonde 3' with a very Elle Woods Instagram," 7 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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English Language Learners Definition of beau

: a woman's male lover or friend

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