\ ˈbō How to pronounce beau (audio) \
plural beaux\ ˈbōz How to pronounce beaux (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 Hildy is on the verge of leaving town with her new beau, but Walter uses every trick in the book to embroil her in the news scoop of the year in a ploy to win her back. Ew Staff,, "The best movies to watch on a virtual first date during coronavirus," 19 Apr. 2020 After a blissful first playdate, Maggie can’t wait to see her new baby beau again the following day, but things don’t go exactly as planned. oregonlive, "Matt Groening announces “Maggie Simpson in 'Playdate With Destiny’” is coming to Disney Plus," 9 Apr. 2020 Make like a pro chef and challenge your beau to a baking contest. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "100 Cute Date Ideas so You Never Get Bored Again," 26 Mar. 2020 And between hunting and fishing excursions, the Kelty Low Loveseat will pull double duty at football tailgates and musical festivals with your beau. Outdoor Life, "Four Camping Chairs Totally Worth a Sit," 24 Mar. 2020 The singer and actress, 50, wowed in her second look of the evening, posing with beau Alex Rodriguez for a pre-celebration snapshot ahead of attending an awards show afterparty. Jen Juneau,, "Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Sexy White Feathered Second Look at Golden Globes with Alex Rodriguez," 6 Jan. 2020 Putting Bradley Cooper romance rumors to rest, Lady Gaga has recently been linked to a new beau, after she was spotted on a brunch date with music engineer Dan Horton. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Has Bubblegum Pink Hair and I'm Booking a Hair Appointment Right Now," 5 Oct. 2019 The star directs the love song to her longtime beau and fiancé Orlando Bloom. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, "Katy Perry reveals pregnancy in new music video," 5 Mar. 2020 In December 2018, Astrid moved to Canada to be with her beau and the pair got engaged in August 2019. Andrea Wurzburger,, "Find Out the Relationship Status of Your Favorite Bachelor in Paradise Couples," 10 Dec. 2019

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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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18 May 2020

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“Beau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of beau

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

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