a plural of beau.
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.
Two weeks ago, journalists were arrested trying to capture shots of the beaux Arts mansion where the wedding will take place.
Wedding Kicks Off! Chris Wilson July 29, 2010
There could be no better place to honor the art of dressmaking than the most prestigious art school: the beaux Arts de Paris.
Tilda Swinton and Oliver Saillard Perform the Creation of Fashion in ‘Eternity Dress’ Sarah Moroz November 20, 2013
Those are his beaux Arts pictures; extraordinary, aren’t they?
The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
They work all day and promenade with their beaux all evening.
The Californians Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
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
He has “two strings to his bow,” while she has two beaux “on a string.”
Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 3, April 16, 1870 Various
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 that will make him acquainted with thirty or forty beaux.
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
And then, brother, the faces of the beaux are of such a lily-white hue!
The Contrast Royall Tyler
a plural of 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
“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).
noting or pertaining to a style of architecture, popularly associated with the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, that prevailed in France in the late 19th century and that was adopted in the U.S. and elsewhere c1900, characterized by the free and eclectic use and adaptation of French architectural features of the 16th through 18th centuries […]
plural of bel-esprit. a person of great wit or intellect. Historical Examples The fourth or Byzantine style of epigrammatic composition was cultivated by the beaux-esprits of the court of Justinian. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2 Various Another source of torment to me not less considerable was that of the beaux-esprits of the […]
a person of great wit or intellect. Historical Examples He was a statesman, a bel-esprit, a virtuoso, and a connoisseur. The Monarchs of the Main, Volume I (of 3) Walter Thornbury And that father of hers, with his doubtful past and his cruelties, and the bel-esprit her mother, with her doubtful reputation. Resurrection Leo Tolstoy […]
- Beaux’ stratagem
a comedy (1707) by George Farquhar.