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

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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 While Kardashian was posting a sweet tribute to him on Instagram for his birthday, West was in France with his new beau, according to witnesses. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 9 June 2021 Speaking of Rihanna, her new beau, A$AP Rocky, has said the release of his latest, the more mature and romantic, Rihanna-focused All Smiles, is imminent. Dan Reilly, Vulture, 27 May 2021 According to the source, not only is Gaga madly in love with her entrepreneur beau, but her close family and friends highly approve of him as well. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Jan. 2021 Season 9 has been leaning into the idea that an engagement between Stella and her longtime beau Severide (Taylor Kinney) is on the horizon. Rosy Cordero,, 14 May 2021 The supermodel and her musician beau were photographed strolling around New York City as a family with their daughter, Khai Hadid Malik, in tow. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Mar. 2021 To change your dog's behavior, have your beau become the giver of good things: tossing treats in your dog's direction without looking at him; feeding meals; tossing the tennis ball. Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 Sober for four years, Wade may also be addressing the song not only to her beau, but to her former self. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 9 Apr. 2021 The actress, 23, and her Italian pop star beau, 27, both shared the news Saturday on Instagram. Kim Willis, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2021

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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 Jun 2021

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“Beau.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beau

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

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