noun, plural beaus, beaux [bohz] .
a frequent and attentive male companion.
a male escort for a girl or woman.
a dandy; fop.
verb (used with object)
to escort (a girl or woman), as to a social gathering.

1250–1300; Middle English < French < Latin bellus beautiful

beauish, adjective
unbeaued, adjective

beau, bow.

3. peacock, swell, blade, dude, coxcomb. Unabridged
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beau (bəʊ)
n , pl beaux, beaus
1.  a lover, sweetheart, or escort of a girl or woman
2.  a man who is greatly concerned with his clothes and appearance; dandy
[C17: from French, from Old French biau, from Latin bellus handsome, charming]

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"attendant suitor of a lady," 1720, from Fr. beau "the beautiful," noun use of an adjective, from O.Fr. bel "beautiful, handsome, fair, genuine, real," from L. bellus "handsome, fine," dim. of bonus "good" (see bene-). Meaning "man who attends excessively to dress, etiquette,
etc.; a fop; a dandy" is from 1680s, short for Fr. beau garçon "pretty boy" (c.1665).
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