a conception of perfect beauty.
a model of excellence.
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How to use beau ideal in a sentence
But that just made Summer more enticing, an unobtainable beau ideal.
The landlady came; a fit spirit to rule over such a domain—the beau-ideal of tidiness and good humour.
Nothing too much; nothing lacking—just the beau-ideal of a bachelor's parlor.The Diamond Coterie | Lawrence L. Lynch
He was well qualified for a hero of romance, or a woman's beau-ideal.
This prince of the seventeenth century was the beau-ideal decadent that many modern novelists have delighted to depict.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall | W. R. H. Trowbridge
He seemed to me the beau ideal of a country gentleman: nothing less than this, and something more.The Late Miss Hollingford | Rosa Mulholland
British Dictionary definitions for beau idéal
perfect beauty or excellence
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