Word of the Day

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

beau ideal

\boh-ay-DEEL\ , noun;
plural beau ideals
1.
A perfect or an idealized type or model.
Quotes:
Their commentaries inspired generations of schoolboys to pen compositions in praise of the Spartan lad who flinched not as the fox gnawed his vitals, and shaped the American beau ideal of the "strong silent type."
-- Florence King, "Oh, Sparta!", National Review, September 12, 1994
To the populace, of course, Hindenburg remains the national hero and beau ideal; nay, almost the national Messiah.
-- H.L. Mencken, "Ludendorff", The Atlantic, June 1917
Origin:
Beau ideal is from the French beau idéal, "ideal beauty."
POWERED BY 4INFO
Get Word of the Day
Free Email Sign Up
Other Delivery Options:
Mobile app
iGoogle
Mac
Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Spanish
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
About PRIVACY POLICY Terms Careers Advertise with Us Contact Us Our Blog Suggest a Word Help