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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for un beaued

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 un beaued
beau
"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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