Meaning of beau idéal in English:

beau idéal

Pronunciation /ˌbəʊ iːdeɪˈal/ /bo ideal/


  • A person or thing representing the highest possible standard of excellence in a particular respect.

    ‘as a war hero and budget-cutter, he strikes many observers as the beau idéal of electability’
    • ‘Successful double envelopment, every commander's beau idéal, can have no other outcome.’
    • ‘He was the Beau Ideal of the Regular Army.’
    utmost, optimum, last word, very limit, height, epitome, peak, pinnacle, acme, apex, apogee, zenith, culmination, perfection, nonpareil, extreme, extremity


French, literally ‘ideal beauty’.