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[boh]Older Use.
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noun, plural beaus, beaux [bohz] /boʊz/.
  1. a male lover or sweetheart.
  2. a frequent and attentive male escort for a girl or woman.
  3. a dandy; fop.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to escort (a girl or woman), as to a social gathering.
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Origin of beau

1250–1300; Middle English < French < Latin bellus beautiful
Related formsbeau·ish, adjective
Can be confusedbeau bow


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noun plural 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
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Word Origin

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


"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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