- a plural of beau.
- 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 beaux
There could be no better place to honor the art of dressmaking than the most prestigious art school: the Beaux Arts de Paris.Tilda Swinton and Oliver Saillard Perform the Creation of Fashion in ‘Eternity Dress’
November 21, 2013
Two weeks ago, journalists were arrested trying to capture shots of the Beaux Arts mansion where the wedding will take place.Wedding Kicks Off!
July 30, 2010
He has "two strings to his bow," while she has two beaux "on a string."
And that will make him acquainted with thirty or forty beaux.
And then, brother, the faces of the beaux are of such a lily-white hue!
Here was an opportunity for the beaux of the village which could not be missed.Christmas: Its Origin and Associations
William Francis Dawson
"But it's not alone for your beaux yeux," he explained to her.Little Miss Grouch
Samuel Hopkins Adams
- a plural of beau
- 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 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).