Definition of beauty and the beast in English:

beauty and the beast


  • Used in reference to two people, one of whom is regarded as much more attractive than the other.

    ‘writers have dubbed the couple, cruelly, as the beauty and the beast’
    • ‘sceptics made much of the age gap and potential intellectual differences, while the author himself bristled at “beauty and the beast” references in the press’


    From Beauty and the Beast, the title of a fairy tale in which a young girl called Beauty saves her father's life by agreeing to live with the hideous Beast (who eventually turns out to be a handsome prince who was under a spell).