beau ideal

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noun,plural beaus ideal, beaux ideal for 1; beau ideals for 2.
  1. a conception of perfect beauty.

  2. a model of excellence.

Origin of beau ideal

First recorded in 1795–1805, beau ideal is from French beau idéal literally, “ideal beauty.” See beau, ideal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use beau ideal in a sentence

  • He seemed to me the beau ideal of a country gentleman: nothing less than this, and something more.

    The Late Miss Hollingford | Rosa Mulholland

British Dictionary definitions for beau idéal

beau idéal

/ French (bo ideal) /

nounplural beaux idéals (boz ideal)
  1. perfect beauty or excellence

Origin of beau idéal

literally: ideal beauty

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