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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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Examples from the Web for beaux
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  • 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.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • And then, brother, the faces of the beaux are of such a lily-white hue!

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • Here was an opportunity for the beaux of the village which could not be missed.

  • "But it's not alone for your beaux yeux," he explained to her.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • His house was daily besieged by beaux and belles of quality.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook
  • There was to be a grand picnic of all the beaux and belles of Urbana on the 18th.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • It was not then for the beaux yeux of the grandmre that you entered?

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
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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