beau (plural beaux or beaus)
- (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.”
- (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.
- A male escort.
- beau in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
From Latin bibō. Compare Romanian bea, beau.
beau (third-person present singular indicative bea, past participle biutã)
- I drink
beau m (oblique and nominative feminine singular bele)
- 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.
Declension of beau