\ ˈbō How to pronounce beau (audio) \
plural beaux\ ˈbōz How to pronounce beaux (audio) \ or beaus

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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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Her recently-announced beau, Ashley Benson, was also in attendance and looked equally fabulous. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "From Kendall Jenner to Zendaya, Peep Our Best Outfit Picks Of The Week," 21 June 2019 Demi Lovato is ringing in the new year with a new beau at her side and the two of them have actually been together for a while now. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is Henri Levy? Everything You Need to Know About Demi Lovato's Boyfriend," 31 Dec. 2018 But Eugenie's sister Princess Beatrice reportedly has a new beau as well, businessman Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Definitive History of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's Relationship," 26 Nov. 2018 All the while, Great Britain is struggling to house an influx of Ukrainian refugees, bringing housing officer Daniel together with Victor Goraya (Maxim Baldry), his new beau. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Years and Years: Dystopian sci-fi that makes Black Mirror feel bubbly," 8 Aug. 2019 And if the seaweed wasn’t hitting the rocks enough already, Bonnie spies Jane’s (Shailene Woodley) new beau walking out of the police station at episode’s end. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Big Little Lies Denis O'Hare teases Mary Louise-Celeste showdown: 'It'll get much worse'," 8 July 2019 There are changes to the other characters — especially one-time star Dorothy Brock and her wealthy beau, who is financing the show. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Classic musical ’42nd Street’ revamped for new audiences at the Ordway," 18 July 2019 Beth's younger sister Annie is also disillusioned by their long con, having discovered that her new beau Noah is actually an FBI trying to get the drop on her. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "'Good Girls' Is Returning for an Explosive Third Season," 10 July 2019 In the deep-blue city of San Francisco, Bay Area Republicans are planning a July 17 Trump fundraiser that will feature former SF first lady Kimberly Guilfoyle and her beau, Donald Trump Jr. Julia Wick,, "Essential California: L.A. gets its first UNESCO World Heritage Site designation," 8 July 2019

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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

old-fashioned : a woman's male lover or friend

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