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[boh-zahr; French boh-zar] /boʊˈzɑr; French boʊˈzar/
noting or pertaining to a style of architecture, popularly associated with the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, that prevailed in France in the late 19th century and that was adopted in the U.S. and elsewhere c1900, characterized by the free and eclectic use and adaptation of French architectural features of the 16th through 18th centuries combined so as to give a massive, elaborate, and often ostentatious effect, and also by the use of symmetrical plans preferably allowing vast amounts of interior space.
resembling the architecture, architectural precepts, or teaching methods of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris: often used in a pejorative sense to designate excessive formalism disregarding considerations of structural truth, advanced aesthetic theory, rational planning, or economy.
plural noun
(lowercase) the fine arts, as painting or music.
Origin of Beaux-Arts
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Those are his beaux arts pictures; extraordinary, aren't they?

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • "The afternoon almost tempts me to cut the beaux arts," said Paul.

    The Beautiful Miss Brooke Louis Zangwill
  • In his last year, with only a few francs of his inheritance remaining, Stefan had three pictures in the beaux arts.

    The Nest Builder Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
  • His friends, the beaux arts men and the newspaper correspondent, noticed the change in him, and accused him of being in love.

    The Unknown Quantity Henry van Dyke
  • Did you not say something before, Mr. Middleton, about your being tempted to cut the beaux arts?

    The Beautiful Miss Brooke Louis Zangwill
  • Sherm, he seems to have plenty of money, maybe you can go to college and to the beaux arts, too.

  • And your letter about the beaux arts festival was charming, Ruthie.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • That patron of the beaux arts has placed our twentieth century under lasting obligation.

    Europe from a Motor Car Russell Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for beaux arts


plural noun
another word for fine art
(modifier) relating to the classical decorative style, esp that of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris: beaux-arts influences
Word Origin
C19: French, literally: fine arts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beaux arts

"the fine arts," 1821, from French; also in reference to Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and the widely imitated conventional type of art and architecture advocated there.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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