- a conception of perfect beauty.
- a model of excellence.
Origin of beau ideal
Examples from the Web for beau-ideal
The book, this last declared, was the "beau-ideal of historical romance."De Libris: Prose and Verse
From that day Stuart was Bivens's beau-ideal of a gentleman.The Root of Evil</p>
That is the profession of the metaphysican, considered in his beau-ideal.
A potato-paring and a true heart are your beau-ideal for this world.The Bertrams</p>
Nothing too much; nothing lacking—just the beau-ideal of a bachelor's parlor.The Diamond Coterie
Lawrence L. Lynch
- perfect beauty or excellence
Word Origin and History for beau-ideal
1801, from French beau idéal "the ideal beauty, beautifulness as an abstract ideal," in which beau is the subject, but as English usually puts the adjective first, the sense has shifted in English toward "perfect type or model."