Meaning of beau idéal in English:

beau idéal

noun

  • 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

Pronunciation

beau idéal

/ˌbəʊ iːdeɪˈal/ /bo ideal/

Origin

French, literally ‘ideal beauty’.