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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from French beau, from Latin bellus (beautiful).

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NounEdit

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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AromanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin bibō. Compare Romanian bea, beau.

VerbEdit

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

  1. I drink

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French beau, from Old French biau, bel, from Latin bellus.

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AdjectiveEdit

beau (masculine singular before vowel bel, feminine singular belle, masculine plural beaux, feminine plural belles)

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

Usage notesEdit

  • To avoid hiatus, the form bel is used before masculine singular nouns that begin with a vowel or mute “h”

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Middle FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French beau, one of the variants of biau.

AdjectiveEdit

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

  1. beautiful; handsome; attractive

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Old FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

beau m (oblique and nominative feminine singular bele)

  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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RomanianEdit