\ 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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My parents were thrilled with my new beau, but my mother was a little confused about his job status. Abby Ellin, Marie Claire, "I Almost Married a Con Man," 8 Jan. 2019 Just like her new beau, Hana was also born in England, according to Heart UK. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is Hana Cross? Everything You Need to Know About Brooklyn Beckham's New GF," 4 Jan. 2019 Especially since Christina's in a serious relationship with new beau Ant Anstead. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Christina And Tarek El Moussa Discuss What Filming Together Is Like Since Split," 18 Dec. 2018 In celebration of her beau turning 26, Jenner rented out the Valencia, Calif., amusement park on Saturday (April 28) for an exclusive party. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Kanye West Wishes Travis Scott Happy Birthday With Roller Coaster-Themed Cake of Him, Kylie & Stormi," 29 Apr. 2018 And, her new beau is none other than her BFFs' brother! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Are Kendall Jenner and Anwar Hadid Dating? Here's Everything We Know," 7 Sep. 2018 Forget the baggy, loose mechanic’s boiler suit: in New York City last night for her beau Travis Scott’s concert, Kylie Jenner put a whole new va-va-voom spin on the look. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Puts a Bombshell Spin on the Jumpsuit," 30 Nov. 2018 Exactly one month ahead of the October 12 festivities, Vanity Fair published an image of the invitation for the ceremony between the ninth-in-line to the throne and her entrepreneur beau. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress code reportedly stricter than Meghan Markle’s," 16 Sep. 2018 Another take could be that Markle was feeling Payne's performance a little too much, and her royal beau was caught subtly teasing her for it. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Shared a Hilarious Candid Moment at a Royal Event," 13 Mar. 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

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

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