beau ideal


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

a conception of perfect beauty.
a model of excellence.

Nearby words

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

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

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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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Word Origin and History for beau-ideal



1801, from French beau idéal "the ideal beauty, beautifulness as an abstract ideal," in which beau is the subject, but as English usually puts the adjective first, the sense has shifted in English toward "perfect type or model."

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