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- A gallant warrior; a handsome or dashing adventurer.
1817, Anon., The Edinburgh Annual Register for 1815, page 198:
- At the last fatal moment he behaved with the courage to be expected from Le beau sabreur, placed on his breast a picture of his wife, refused to have his eyes bandaged, or to use a seat, and received six balls in his head, and fell without a groan.
- Murat met his fate as became le beau sabreur. He fastened his wife's picture on his breast, refused to have his eyes bandaged, or to use a seat, received six balls through his heart, and met the death he had braved with impunity in the thick of many conflicts, and sought in vain in many others.
1886 November, Thomas Carlyle, “Field-Marshal Viscount Combermere”, in Fraser's Magazine, volume LXXIV, number CCCCXLIII, page 572:
- Resembling Murat in personal enterprise and fearlessness, he also resembled that prince of beaux sabreurs in carrying his love of dress into the very field of battle.
- No longer was she that beau sabreur of suffrage brandishing her sword—for the sheath had outlived the sword as doubtless ... the body had outlived the soul.
- Contextual note: In the source, "she" is frequently described with masculine language ("She was a man of the world.") No inference regarding gender-neutrality of beau sabreur can be made.
- 2009, John Sadler, Glencoe, Amberley 2009, p. 66:
- Kneller's portrait shows a handsome, even slightly effeminate young man, arrogant, perhaps petulant, but for many, the ideal beau sabreur.