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.

Nearby words

  1. beatty, warren,
  2. beaty,
  3. beau,
  4. beau brummell,
  5. beau dollar,
  6. beau ideal,
  7. beau idéal,
  8. beau monde,
  9. beau's line,
  10. beau-ideal

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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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