beaux arts

plural noun
\ˈbō-ˈzär \

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

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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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