- a male lover or sweetheart.
- a frequent and attentive male escort for a girl or woman.
- a dandy; fop.
- to escort (a girl or woman), as to a social gathering.
Origin of beau
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Examples from the Web for beau
Whatever the reason, Burton was committed enough to leave tiny Bunker Hill to seek out her beau.Mrs. Manson, Hometown Antihero
November 24, 2014
Kudos to the voters for nominating Allison Janney and Beau Bridges for the blistering guest turns, too.The Enraging Emmy Nominations: 20 Snubs and Surprises
July 10, 2014
People know Kurt Sutter and Vince Gilligan and Beau Willimon from House of Cards.Jim Rash on ‘The Writers’ Room’ and the Future of ‘Community’
April 18, 2014
Beau Kilmer, co-director of the drug policy research center at RAND Corporation, calls the decision “extremely frustrating.”Gov't Abandons Best Survey for Counting U.S. Drug Users
April 8, 2014
In 1996, he produced Hidden in America, a film starring his brother Beau, about the plight of the working poor in America.The Dude Is Up for Breakfast: Jeff Bridges’ New Push on Childhood Hunger
March 15, 2014
They call me a beau and a buck, a slasher and dasher, and flourishing Phil.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
By what I can pick out of your flowery description, your brother is no beau.The Contrast
I chose the latter, on account of the beau monde which the soldier had boasted of.The Memoirs of Count Grammont, Complete
And there, you know who that is, that beau ideal of a hussar?Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)
I shouldn't wonder, with such a smart ma, if she caught a beau.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
- a lover, sweetheart, or escort of a girl or woman
- a man who is greatly concerned with his clothes and appearance; dandy
Word Origin and History for beau
"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).