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beaux arts

Pronunciation: /ˌbōz ˈär/

plural noun

1Fine arts.
Example sentences
  • Taking them from the boat and onto the glacial formations of art history required explaining how conceptual art differed from the beaux arts of classical painting or sculpture.
  • In the beaux arts as well as in real life, law is the cornerstone upon which everything lies.
  • That is where she will study the Beaux Arts and specialise in sculpture.
2 (usually Beaux Arts) [as modifier] Relating to the classical decorative style maintained by the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, especially in the 19th century.
Example sentences
  • Most axes - the axis of the earth, for example, or the crossed axes of a Beaux Arts building - are not only clear but stable and, we hope, permanent.
  • Subsequently, a Beaux Arts tradition flourished in the early twentieth century as these architects returned to China to practise, teach and establish university curriculums.
  • We have encountered this Beaux Arts quadraxial method before.


From French beaux-arts.

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Syllabification: beaux arts

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