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beaux

[bohz; French boh] /boʊz; French boʊ/
noun
1.
a plural of beau.

beau

[boh] /boʊ/
noun, plural beaus, beaux
[bohz] /boʊz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a frequent and attentive male companion.
2.
a male escort for a girl or woman.
3.
a dandy; fop.
verb (used with object)
4.
to escort (a girl or woman), as to a social gathering.
Origin of beau
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < French < Latin bellus beautiful
Related forms
beauish, adjective
unbeaued, adjective
Can be confused
beau, bow.
Synonyms
3. peacock, swell, blade, dude, coxcomb.
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  • Those are his beaux Arts pictures; extraordinary, aren't they?

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • He has "two strings to his bow," while she has two beaux "on a string."

  • This was the centre of the fashionable residence district in the old days, and the walk along the north side was the "beaux Walk."

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • And that will make him acquainted with thirty or forty beaux.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • Its proximity to the Court attracted all the fops and beaux, and it was the resort of fashionable and gay young idlers.

    The Strand District Sir Walter Besant
  • And then, brother, the faces of the beaux are of such a lily-white hue!

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • It is scarcely to be expected that even our descendants will know much more of the Wits and beaux of former days than we now do.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
  • "But it's not alone for your beaux yeux," he explained to her.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for beaux

beaux

/bəʊ; bəʊz/
noun
1.
a plural of beau

beau

/bəʊ/
noun (pl) beaux (bəʊ; bəʊz), beaus (bəʊz)
1.
a lover, sweetheart, or escort of a girl or woman
2.
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 beaux

beau

n.

"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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