a frequent and attentive male companion.
a male escort for a girl or woman.
a dandy; fop.
to escort (a girl or woman), as to a social gathering.
Before she went on a plastic-surgery binge, Heidi had to tell her beau Spencer he might be a babydaddy.
11 Life Lessons from The Hills Sujay Kumar, The Daily Beast Video July 11, 2010
GWS and beau opted for the couples lemongrass body-wrap and massage.
Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt February 19, 2011
Whatever the reason, Burton was committed enough to leave tiny Bunker Hill to seek out her beau.
Mrs. Manson, Hometown Antihero Justin Glawe November 23, 2014
And de Lesseps recently met a beau, a Frenchman—and, as luck would have it, one who doesn’t watch television.
Real Housewives, Real Hatred! Rebecca Dana February 28, 2010
These days, the onetime Lance Bass beau is mostly modeling and, naturally, talking to producers about a reality TV pilot.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: 8 Secrets Nicole LaPorte December 14, 2010
Men knew him as one who set the fashions in dress and manners, so that he had been compared to beau Brummel.
The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 6 Various
beau’s fingers danced over the dials like a musician’s, or a safe-cracker’s.
No Great Magic Fritz Reuter Leiber
It was in the same hand as the others, it was the writing of his rival, Von Kindar, her beau cousin.
Frederick The Great and His Family L. Muhlbach
Are you a wall-flower or is your beau dancing with another girl?
The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart
Well, if she does, I shall perhaps have a glimpse at the beau monde.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII. No. 31. October, 1873. Various
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
“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).
many; numerous; much: It’s a hard job, but it pays beaucoup money. large; significant: a beaucoup building project. Historical Examples beaucoup dhabitants de la campagne et le cur de Nesle et dHebouville se sont aussi trouvs leur arrive. Benjamin Franklin and the First Balloons Abbott Lawrence Rotch “Jambe casse, beaucoup mal casse,” explained the French […]
- Beau dollar
a silver dollar.
- Beau geste
a fine or noble gesture, often futile or only for effect. Contemporary Examples Finally, Assad was back in the diplomatic arena, strengthened by his beau geste. For Bashar Al-Assad, Crossing Obama’s Red Line Was a Win-Win Anna Momigliano November 21, 2013 Historical Examples But this was the beau geste of a contemporary who wished to […]
- Beau ideal
a conception of perfect beauty. a model of excellence. Historical Examples He was my beau ideal of a naval officer—bold and masterful, yet soft and pleasant-voiced withal when he chose to conciliate. A Modern Buccaneer Rolf Boldrewood And there, you know who that is, that beau ideal of a hussar? Charles O’Malley, The Irish Dragoon, […]