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noun,plural beaus [bohz], /boʊz/, beaux [bohz; French boh]. /boʊz; French boʊ/.
  1. a male lover or sweetheart.

  2. a frequent and attentive male escort for a girl or woman.

  1. a dandy; fop.

verb (used with object)
  1. to escort (a girl or woman), as to a social gathering.

Origin of beau

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from French, from Latin bellus “beautiful”

Other words for beau

Other words from beau

  • beauish, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for beau


/ (bəʊ) /

nounplural beaux (bəʊ, bəʊz) or beaus (bəʊz)
  1. a lover, sweetheart, or escort of a girl or woman

  2. a man who is greatly concerned with his clothes and appearance; dandy

Origin of beau

C17: from French, from Old French biau, from Latin bellus handsome, charming

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