• (British) IPA: /bəʊ/
  • (GA) IPA: /boʊ/
  • (British)

beau (plural beaux)

  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 , 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.
  4. A suitor of a lady.
  • German: Beau
  • Russian: де́нди

  • (British) IPA: /bəʊ/
Proper noun
  1. A male given name used since mid-twentieth century.
    • 1936 Margaret Mitchell: Gone With the Wind: Chapter XXXV:
      'Mees Melly, I hear she call her boy "Beauregard". You tell her I, René, approve and say that except for "Jesus" there is no bettaire name.'
      And though he smiled, his eyes glowed proudly at the name of Louisiana's dashing hero.
      'Well, there's "Robert Edward Lee" ', observed Tommy. 'And while I'm not trying to lessen Old Beau's reputation, my first son is going to be named "Bob Lee Wellburn".'

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