beau geste

noun \ bō-ˈzhest \

Definition of beau geste

plural beaux gestes or beau gestes play \bō-ˈzhest\
1 : a graceful or magnanimous gesture
2 : an ingratiating conciliatory gesture

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The History of beau geste

Beau geste is a phrase borrowed from French; the literal translation is "beautiful gesture." Beau Geste is also the title of a 1924 novel by Percival Christopher Wren, featuring three English brothers who join the French Foreign Legion to repair their family honor. The novel spawned several film versions, including one starring Gary Cooper. Wren didn't invent the phrase "beau geste," which began to appear around the beginning of the 20th century, but the publicity surrounding the novel and subsequent films likely contributed to the expression's popularity.

Origin and Etymology of beau geste

French, literally, beautiful gesture


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