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[bohz; French boh] /boʊz; French boʊ/
a plural of beau.


[boh] /boʊ/ Older Use.
noun, plural beaus, beaux
[bohz] /boʊz/ (Show IPA)
a male lover or sweetheart.
a frequent and attentive male escort for a girl or woman.
a dandy; fop.
verb (used with object)
to escort (a girl or woman), as to a social gathering.
Origin of beau
1250-1300; Middle English < French < Latin bellus beautiful
Related forms
beauish, adjective
Can be confused
beau, bow.
3. peacock, swell, blade, dude, coxcomb. Unabridged
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  • Those are his beaux Arts pictures; extraordinary, aren't they?

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • They work all day and promenade with their beaux all evening.

    The Californians Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • This was the centre of the fashionable residence district in the old days, and the walk along the north side was the "beaux Walk."

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • He has "two strings to his bow," while she has two beaux "on a string."

  • Its proximity to the Court attracted all the fops and beaux, and it was the resort of fashionable and gay young idlers.

    The Strand District Sir Walter Besant
  • And that will make him acquainted with thirty or forty beaux.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • It is scarcely to be expected that even our descendants will know much more of the Wits and beaux of former days than we now do.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
  • And then, brother, the faces of the beaux are of such a lily-white hue!

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
British Dictionary definitions for beaux


/bəʊ; bəʊz/
a plural of beau


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
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old French biau, from Latin bellus handsome, charming
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Word Origin and History for beaux



"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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