beau ideal

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

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