\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Jordyn Woods surprises Karl-Anthony Towns with a mariachi band for his 25th birthday To get an early start on celebrating Towns' 25th birthday, Woods surprised her beau the day before with a musical performance from a mariachi band. Sophie Dodd,, 28 July 2022 Her beau and baby daddy Travis Scott also gave fans a peek into his life as a parent with a photo of his son’s mini basketball net and tee-ball stand. Seventeen, 11 July 2022 Kidman and her beau Keith Urban even stole a kiss before the show, which, of course, the crowd that gathered loved to witness. Sam Sussman, Vogue, 9 July 2022 The movie will also reunite McEntire with her Reba co-star Melissa Peterman, and will also feature McEntire’s beau, actor Rex Linn. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 11 July 2022 The image featured Giudice and her new beau at a football game with his hand around her waist. Catherine Santino,, 10 May 2022 Kim Kardashian has left her mark on new beau Pete Davidson – literally. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2022 Jennifer Lopez and her new/old beau Ben Affleck have been trotting the globe all year. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 13 Dec. 2021 However, the reality star included a reminder of her beau in one of her looks for the weekend's events. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 May 2022 See More

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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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5 Aug 2022

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“Beau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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