beaux arts

plural noun
\ ˈbō-ˈzär How to pronounce beaux arts (audio) \

Definition of beaux arts

 (Entry 1 of 2)

beaux arts

adjective, often capitalized B&A

Definition of beaux arts (Entry 2 of 2)

: characterized by the use of historic forms, rich decorative detail, and a tendency toward monumental conception in architecture

Examples of beaux arts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Their route ended at the old Dallas City Hall, a beaux arts-style building with regal columns on Harwood and Main streets. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "Mother of Santos Rodriguez, a 12-year-old shot by a Dallas police officer, is not hopeful that a justice reckoning is coming," 24 July 2020 Renovations focused on preserving details from two time periods: those present when the beaux arts style structure opened in 1914, and those in place when Lee Harvey Oswald paid his visit to the building in November 1963. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "Dallas' old city hall has been transformed inside for UNT Dallas' law school," 27 June 2019 Approaching their centennials, both are resplendently mirrored examples of a beaux arts heyday. Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "Here’s why everyone is going to Portugal now," 18 June 2019 The 20th- and 21st--century equivalent of such empires have produced some very different expressions well beyond beaux arts magnificence. Steven Stolman, House Beautiful, "Sunnylands: The California Mansion That Has Hosted Frank Sinatra, Queen Elizabeth, and More," 18 Apr. 2019 From fur trading post to harbor of the Great Migration to icon of art deco and beaux art architecture, the city continues to evolve as a hub for folks seeking a fresh start. Leslie Pariseau, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Detroit," 3 Oct. 2018 Instead, Reid exited the trail northwest of the aquarium, taking a path to the lowest level of concrete revetment that encircles the beaux arts building. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "After wiping out, a cyclist wants the Park District to address the green menace along the lakeshore," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of beaux arts

Plural noun

1753, in the meaning defined above


1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beaux arts

Plural noun

French beaux-arts


French École des Beaux-Arts School of Fine Arts, in Paris

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“Beaux arts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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