beau ideal

noun, plural beaus ideal, beaux ideal for 1; beau ideals for 2.

a conception of perfect beauty.
a model of excellence.

Origin of beau ideal

First recorded in 1795–1805, beau ideal is from the French word beau idéal literally, ideal beauty. See beau, ideal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for beau ideal

beau idéal

/ French (bo ideal) /

noun plural beaux idéals (boz ideal)

perfect beauty or excellence

Word Origin for beau idéal

literally: ideal beauty
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