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nounplural noun beaux/bō/ /boʊ/ , plural noun beaus

  • 1A person's boyfriend or male admirer.

    ‘she knows nothing about the romantic past of her current beau’
    • ‘his mother decides to move to Florida with her new beau’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Having a beau who is a good person and a thoughtful lover is like hitting the jackpot.’
    • ‘I trust she has been heartily engaged with balls and her many beaux.’
    • ‘As a pretty girl from a respectable family, she toys with her beaux - little boys who must play the love game by her rules.’
    • ‘By the time the amateur beaux found out the leading ladies were gay, Li's cameras were already rolling.’
    • ‘Iain and Scally were both there with their respective beaux.’
    • ‘I have old love letters from old beaux, wrapped up in ribbons, sheltered in shoeboxes.’
    • ‘The males stand about in feckless groups until picked by a girl, who takes a pebble and drops it wherever she requires her beaux to dig a burrow.’
    • ‘The pain of her split with Brolin is clearly the inspiration for some lyrics, but the dedicated follower of celebrity gossip could spend many happy hours trying to figure out which of her other former beaus is implicated in the others.’
    • ‘For the sake of dramatic tension, the film introduces rather more conflict between Bridget's two beaus than is present in the book, which culminates in a dramatic and authentic-looking fist fight.’
    • ‘He is convinced that neither of them can be faithful to their beaus.’
    • ‘Set in the years before World War I, the story begins on a heady note with parties, beautiful gowns and handsome beaus.’
    • ‘Try to meet a boy with a little more depth than your current crop of potential beaus.’
    • ‘Stepkowski's character isn't fond of dating in the first place, but when she finds that she has the ability to trigger a post-hypnotic suggestion in her new beau, she decides to see where it leads.’
    • ‘Yvonne is blessed with an exquisite voice and her interpretation of the ruthless femme fatale intent on dumping her beau Gerald in favour of getting her hands on the Hareford fortune was outstanding.’
    • ‘Or perhaps a better analogy is when a woman is obviously upset with her beau, yet when he asks what is wrong, she makes his identification of the problem part of his penance.’
    • ‘The ever-dedicated nightcrawler and her new beau got themselves tattoos at an L.A. parlor during a 3 a.m. visit last week.’
    • ‘Moore was admired and envied by 40-year-old women around the world for capturing the heart of an energetic beau 15 years her junior.’
    boyfriend, sweetheart, lover, fiancé, darling, partner, significant other, escort, young man, admirer, suitor, follower
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  • 2 dated A rich, fashionable young man; a dandy.

    • ‘When my mom was young and impressionable, she went on a date with a beau who was wearing a velvet suit.’
    dandy, fop, gallant, cavalier, man about town
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/bō/ /boʊ/


Late 17th century (in beau (sense 2)): from French, literally ‘handsome’, from Latin bellus.