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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.
Contemporary Examples

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

Historical Examples

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).


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