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

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 During their five years together, the pair had largely kept their relationship private, though Monroe often stepped out to support her beau at various premieres and events. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 6 June 2024 The update was met with love from fans and fellow celebs alike, including Dobrev’s beau, Olympian snowboarder Shaun White. Shania Russell,, 6 June 2024 In addition, television revenues in the NFL are equally shared among all teams, meaning that even a relatively small-market team like the Chiefs can afford to pay top dollar to keep its best players, like quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end – and Taylor Swift beau – Travis Kelce. Victor Matheson, The Conversation, 5 Apr. 2024 Earlier in the evening, Cher hit the red carpet with her beau, Alexander Edwards, 38, in a floor-length gown. Lawrence Yee, Peoplemag, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for beau 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of beau was in 1653

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“Beau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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

from French beau "boyfriend," from beau (adjective) "fine, beautiful," derived from Latin bellus "pretty" — related to beauty, belle

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