beau-ideal

beau ideal

noun, plural beaus ideal, beaux ideal for 1; beau ideals for 2.
1.
a conception of perfect beauty.
2.
a model of excellence.

Origin:
1795–1805; < French beau idéal literally, ideal beauty. See beau, ideal

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beau idéal (bo ideal)
 
n , pl beaux idéals
perfect beauty or excellence
 
[literally: ideal beauty]

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beau-ideal
1801, from Fr. beau idéal "the ideal beauty, beautifulness as an abstract ideal," in which beau is the subject, but as English usually puts the adjective first, the sense has shifted in English toward "perfect type or model."
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