beau geste

[ boh zhest ]
/ boʊ ˈʒɛst /

plural beaux gestes [boh zhest] /boʊ ˈʒɛst/. French.

a fine or noble gesture, often futile or only for effect.
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British Dictionary definitions for beau geste

beau geste
/ French (bo ʒɛst) /

noun plural beaux gestes (bo ʒɛst)

a noble or gracious gesture or act, esp one that is meaningless

Word Origin for beau geste

literally: beautiful gesture
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