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[byoot] /byut/
noun, Informal.
(often used ironically) something or someone beautiful, remarkable, or amazing.
Origin of beaut
1865-70, Americanism; by shortening from beauty
Can be confused
beaut, butte, Butte. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for beaut
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  • He came in with a valise, and I saw him open it and say, 'You are a beaut, you are.'

  • Fergy, said the city editor, heres a beaut for you—right in your line.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • The next evening beaut sat in the darkness on the steps before the bakery.

    Marching Men Sherwood Anderson
  • beaut went on cleaning the horses and thinking of what the hunchback had said.

    Marching Men Sherwood Anderson
  • I saw her, an' she's some beaut; Joe ain't passin' up nuthin' like that.

    The Devil's Own

    Randall Parrish
  • Well, no matter how bad she is, she certainly was a beaut, the last time I saw her.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • Just as you are attracted by her beaut—by her appearance and manner, she is attracted by yours.'

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • Stanton moved in fast to press his advantage and landed a beaut on the Nipe's lower left eye.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • They said it was a ‘beaut of a day’, though, and urged us to come tomorrow and repeat the program.

    Our Next-Door Neighbors Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Like Madame de Pompadour, she possessed the beaut sans traits.

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
British Dictionary definitions for beaut


a person or thing that is outstanding or distinctive
a kind, friendly, or trustworthy person
good or excellent
Also you beaut!. an exclamation of joy or pleasure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beaut

1866, abbreviated form of beauty in the sense of "a beautiful thing or person."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for beaut



A person or thing that is remarkable or extraordinary; humdinger, lollapalooza: While the president doesn't go off on these tangents often, when he does, they are beauts/ That black eye was a beaut (1860s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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