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beau ideal

noun, plural beaus ideal, beaux ideal for 1; beau ideals for 2.
1.
a conception of perfect beauty.
2.
a model of excellence.
Origin of beau ideal
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805, beau ideal is from the French word beau idéal literally, ideal beauty. See beau, ideal
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beau idéal

/bo ideal/
noun (pl) beaux idéals (boz ideal)
1.
perfect beauty or excellence
Word Origin
literally: ideal beauty
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