beau

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French beau < Latin bellus (beautiful).

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Noun[edit]

beau (plural beaux or beaus)

  1. (dated) A man with a reputation for fine dress and etiquette; a dandy or fop.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 21
      “I do not comprehend the meaning of the word. But this I can say, that if he ever was a beau before he married, he is one still, for there is not the smallest alteration in him.”
      “Oh! dear! one never thinks of married mens’[sic] being beaux—they have something else to do.”
  2. (dated) A male lover; a boyfriend.
    • 1917, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, p. 142:
      Hannah's beau takes all her time 'n' thought, and when she gits a husband her mother'll be out o' sight and out o' mind.
    • 2009, Philippa Bourke, Monsters and Critics [1], Dec 10, 2009:
      Kristin Davis has taken time out to enjoy the surf and sand with her Australian beau, photographer Russell James.
  3. A male escort.

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Aromanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin bibō. Compare Daco-Romanian bea, beau.

Verb[edit]

beau (third-person present singular indicative bea, past participle biutã)

  1. I drink.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French biau, from Latin bellus.

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Adjective[edit]

beau m (feminine belle, masculine plural beaux, feminine plural belles)

  1. handsome, fine, attractive
  2. nice.
  3. fair (weather).
    Il fait beau.
    It is fair (weather)

Usage notes[edit]

Use the form 'bel' before a singular masculine noun that begins with a vowel or an "h".

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beau m (feminine belle, masculine plural beaux, feminine plural belles)

  1. related by marriage; in-law or step-.
    belle-mère
    mother-in-law; stepmother (also marâtre)
    beau-fils
    son-in-law (also gendre); stepson

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Middle French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Old French beau and its variant spellings

Adjective[edit]

beau m (feminine singular belle, masculine plural beaulx, feminine plural belles)

  1. beautiful; handsome; attractive

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Old French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

beau

  1. Alternative form of biau
    • circa 1190, Marie de France, Lai de isclavret:
      beaus chevalers e bons esteit
      e noblement se cunteneit.
      Hansome knight and good was he
      and he behaved nobly.

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Romanian[edit]

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beau

  1. first-person singular present tense form of bea.
  2. first-person singular subjunctive form of bea.
  3. third-person plural present tense form of bea.
  4. third-person plural imperfect form of bea.