\ ˈbō \
plural beaux\ˈbōz \ 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

Ever since word got out that Bieber proposed to Hailey Baldwin this past weekend, Selena fans relished in the fact that the actress will no longer have to return to her longtime on-and-off beau. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Twitter Is Celebrating That Selena Gomez Will Never Ever Date Justin Bieber Again," 9 July 2018 The actress and singer, who will celebrate her 49th birthday later this month, stepped out in Los Angeles on Sunday night with beau Alex Rodriguez. Stephanie Petit,, "Jennifer Lopez Wears a Sexy $52 Two-Piece Ensemble for Date Night with Alex Rodriguez," 9 July 2018 Eugenie's mother was photographed with Jack at Royal Ascot last year and posted a sweet tribute to her daughter and her beau following their engagement in January. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "6 Things to Know About Jack Brooksbank's Family Ahead of His Wedding to Princess Eugenie," 26 June 2018 Ora, joined by beau Andrew Wyatt, took in the sights wearing a polished skirt suit with an unexpected raver-girl slant. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Rita Ora Gives the Power Suit a Raver Girl Makeover," 5 June 2018 Viewers are then taken through a whirlwind adventure between Selena and her new beau. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Released a New Music Video for "13 Reasons Why" Song "Back to You"," 5 June 2018 As for her beau Alex Rodriguez, who made a dapper cameo to greet Lopez? Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Shares Her Met Gala Prep Routine—And the Details on Her Now Up-for-Auction Balmain Dress," 8 May 2018 Born July 9, 1983, the Flip or Flop host celebrated her birthday this week with British beau Ant Anstead (age 39). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How Old Is Christina El Moussa?," 10 July 2018 From boat bikini snaps with her beau Younes Bendjima and her son Reign Disick to outfit posts with stunning Italian backdrops, Kourtney Kardashian is living her best life (at least on Instagram). Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "From Beyoncé to Gigi Hadid, these hot celeb summer vacations will make you jealous," 6 July 2018

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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

: a woman's male lover or friend

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