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[boh] /boʊ/
noun, plural beaus, beaux
[bohz] /boʊz/ (Show IPA)
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.
Origin of beau
1250-1300; Middle English < French < Latin bellus beautiful
Related forms
beauish, adjective
unbeaued, adjective
Can be confused
beau, bow.
3. peacock, swell, blade, dude, coxcomb. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for beau
  • It's a be be bea beau beaut, pretty fi fi fi fil fil, you know.
  • Bad told me she never cheated on her real-life beau.
British Dictionary definitions for beau


noun (pl) beaux (bəʊ; bəʊz), beaus (bəʊz)
a lover, sweetheart, or escort of a girl or woman
a man who is greatly concerned with his clothes and appearance; dandy
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old French biau, from Latin bellus handsome, charming
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Word Origin and History for beau

"attendant suitor of a lady," 1720, from French beau "the beautiful," noun use of an adjective, from Old French bel "beautiful, handsome, fair, genuine, real" (11c.), from Latin bellus "handsome, fine, pretty, agreeable," diminutive of bonus "good" (see bene-). Meaning "man who attends excessively to dress, etiquette, etc.; a fop; a dandy" is from 1680s, short for French beau garçon "pretty boy" (1660s).

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