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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
1795-1805; < French beau idéal literally, ideal beauty. See beau, ideal
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British Dictionary definitions for beau-ideal

beau idéal

/bo ideal/
noun (pl) beaux idéals (boz ideal)
1.
perfect beauty or excellence
Word Origin
literally: ideal beauty
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Word Origin and History for beau-ideal
n.

1801, from French 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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