plural beau ideals
: the perfect type or model

Examples of beau ideal in a Sentence

she is the beau ideal of the dedicated medical professional Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous architectural creation, Falling Water, is widely regarded as the beau ideal of a building in harmony with its setting.
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Word History


French beau idéal ideal beauty

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beau ideal was in 1786

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“Beau ideal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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beau ideal

beau ide·​al ˌbō-ī-ˈdē(-ə)l How to pronounce beau ideal (audio)
plural beau ideals
: a perfect model
the beau ideal of a basketball player
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