beau

[ boh ]
/ boʊ /
Older Use.

noun, plural beaus [bohz], /boʊz/, beaux [bohz; French boh]. /boʊz; French boʊ/.

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.

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Origin of beau

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

OTHER WORDS FROM beau

beauish, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH beau

beau , bow
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British Dictionary definitions for beau

beau
/ (bəʊ) /

noun plural beaux (bəʊ, bəʊz) or 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 for beau

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