noun Informal.

(often used ironically) something or someone beautiful, remarkable, or amazing.

Origin of beaut

1865–70, Americanism; by shortening from beauty
Can be confusedbeaut butte Butte Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beaut

Historical Examples of beaut

  • He came in with a valise, and I saw him open it and say, 'You are a beaut, you are.'

  • Fergy, said the city editor, heres a beaut for you—right in your line.

    Local Color

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • The next evening Beaut sat in the darkness on the steps before the bakery.

    Marching Men

    Sherwood Anderson

  • Beaut went on cleaning the horses and thinking of what the hunchback had said.

    Marching Men

    Sherwood Anderson

  • I saw her, an' she's some beaut; Joe ain't passin' up nuthin' like that.

    The Devil's Own

    Randall Parrish

British Dictionary definitions for beaut



a person or thing that is outstanding or distinctive
a kind, friendly, or trustworthy person


good or excellent


Also: you beaut! an exclamation of joy or pleasure
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Word Origin and History for beaut

1866, abbreviated form of beauty in the sense of "a beautiful thing or person."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper