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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.
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Origin of beau ideal

First recorded in 1795–1805, beau ideal is from the French word beau idéal literally, ideal beauty. See beau, ideal
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beau idéal

noun plural beaux idéals (boz ideal)
  1. perfect beauty or excellence
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Word Origin

literally: ideal beauty
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