beau

noun
\ ˈbō How to pronounce beau (audio) \
plural beaux\ ˈbōz How to pronounce beau (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Lately, however, Porizkova has been spending energy on dating her new beau. Los Angeles Times, "Oscars 2021: Aaron Sorkin, Paulina Porizkova make it red carpet official as a couple," 25 Apr. 2021 The rule of the house dictated that those who carried a pocketbook to match their outfit were met at the door by their beau. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "Our language is charming, not old fashioned," 9 Mar. 2021 Paltrow maintains an easy friendship with Johnson, Martin’s new beau, and the couples have even ventured on double dates together. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gwyneth Paltrow Tells Anna Faris That She "Never Would Have Wanted" to Divorce Chris Martin," 23 Mar. 2021 The woman reads what could be a love letter or a poem — maybe from her beau, who is again draped all over her. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, "The Frick on Madison Finally Lets You See Fragonard Up Close," 18 Mar. 2021 The milestone birthday highlights how much the doll has changed over the years since its 1961 debut as Barbie's beau, but the brand says there’s still room for Ken to grow. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "At 60, Barbie’s Ken is more diverse than ever but still ‘continuing to evolve and grow’," 11 Mar. 2021 In the book series, Margot comes back home with a brand new beau. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""To All the Boys: Always and Forever": The Differences Between the Book and the Movie," 13 Feb. 2021 Although Tamron has been pretty tight-lipped about her beau over the years, Tamron has confirmed that Steven is a music executive. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Get to Know Tamron Hall's Husband Steven Greener," 16 Feb. 2021 The plot goes something like this: Loretta Castorini (Cher), a Brooklyn widow in her late thirties, has agreed to marry her casual beau, Johnny Cammareri. B. D. Mcclay, The New Yorker, "“Moonstruck” Knows That the Best Things in Life Aren’t Chosen," 26 Dec. 2020

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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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“Beau.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beau. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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beau

noun

English Language Learners Definition of beau

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

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