Definition of beau in English:

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Pronunciation: /bō/

noun (plural beaux /bōz/ or beaus)

1A boyfriend or male admirer.
Example sentences
  • Should a girl wish to elicit gasps of admiration from her friends and family when introducing her latest beau, a Blues rower is an ideal date.
  • Like all fictional gay men Carrie can rely on him to escort her to parties when she doesn't have a beau.
  • Since your date is busy with my date, how about dancing with your old beau?
boyfriend, sweetheart, lover, darling, partner, significant other, escort, admirer, suitor
informal (main) squeeze, boy toy, BF
dated young man
2A rich, fashionable young man; a dandy.
Example sentences
  • When my mom was young and impressionable, she went on a date with a beau who was wearing a velvet suit.
dandy, fop
dated swell, coxcomb, popinjay


Late 17th century (sense 2): from French, literally 'handsome', from Latin bellus.

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