• WordNet 3.6
    • n beau a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman "if I'd known he was her boyfriend I wouldn't have asked"
    • n beau a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Beau A man who escorts, or pays attentions to, a lady; an escort; a suitor or lover.
    • Beau A man who takes great care to dress in the latest fashion; a dandy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • beau Good; fair: used especially in address: as, “beau sir,” See beausire, beaupere, etc.
    • n beau (bōz).
    • n beau One who is very neat and particular about his dress, and fond of ornaments and jewelry; a fop; a dandy: now most often said of a man of middle age or older: as, he is an old beau.
    • n beau A man who is suitor to or is attentive to a lady; a lover; a swain.
    • n beau Synonyms Dandy, Exquisite, etc. See coxcomb.
    • beau To act the beau to; attend or escort (a lady).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Beau a man attentive to dress or fashion: a fop or dandy: a lover
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  • Lord Byron
    “This sort of adoration of the real is but a heightening of the beau ideal.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., a fop, fr. beau, fine, beautiful, fr. L. bellus, pretty, fine, for bonulus, dim. of bonus, good. See Bounty, and cf. Belle Beauty
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. beau, bel—L. bellus, fine, gay, as if for a benulus, dim. of benus = bonus, good.


In literature:

D'ye know her old beau that she used to be engaged to, is here?
"Ethelyn's Mistake" by Mary Jane Holmes
Ashby was the beau-ideal of a captain of light-horse.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
I love a smooth, white skin as well as any London beau who praises it in verses.
"The Maid-At-Arms" by Robert W. Chambers
Nash, though very much the beau, was very little of the gentleman.
"Somerset" by G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
BEAU NASH, a swell notability at Bath; died in beggary (1674-1761).
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
A paste pin in a faded cravat, and a jaunty cane with a pinchbeck top, betrayed that he was still somewhat of a beau.
"In the Days of My Youth" by Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
That upon the plays, especially 'Beau Austin,' is remarkably thoughtful and true.
"Twelve Types" by G.K. Chesterton
Valerie, foreseeing the approaching collapse of the old beau of the Empire, determined to forestall it.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
They liked the Hotel Beau-Site.
"The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
Dandy has been voted vulgar, and beau is now the word.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4" by Charles Dudley Warner

In poetry:

Ladies, I have lost my legs,
Have you seen my breeches;
Pride of all the race of wags,
Which every Beau bewitches?
"Long Breeches" by William Hutton
He trots his treason to and fro,
As only babies can,
And says he'll be his mamma's beau
When he's a "gweat, big man"!
"To A Usurper" by Eugene Field
Hair-cords, and plain rings, to shew
Many a LADY's favour,
BOUGHT by ev'ry vaunting beau,
With mischievous endeavour.
"Male Fashions for 1799" by Mary Darby Robinson
The country squire and city beau,
I've had them on their knee;
But weel I ken to goud they bow,
And no downright to me.
"I’m Tibby Fowler O’ The Glen" by Susanna Blamire
A suit of claret, fine as ever,
Rose from a taylor's goose;
The lining white, the buttons clever;
What beau could finer use?
"The Spotted Coat" by William Hutton
He tried to deck himself a beau;
This pleasing view ne'er flags;
But Fortune cruelly said "No;"
Then threaten'd him with rags.
"The Spotted Coat" by William Hutton

In news:

Widow can't rush it with cautious beau .
Eagles head coach Beau Baldwin shares his thoughts on the match-up.
Plans call for Beau Paysage's main street — Manor Way — to end in a cul-de-sac as it fingers north and west from Pike Road.
Beau Biden trades campaign event for storm response.
'Awkward's' Beau Mirchoff to Co-Star in 'Wizards of Waverly Place' Special (Exclusive).
Beau Mirchoff is going from MTV to Disney Channel.
Inside Kim Kardashian's 32nd birthday celebration with beau Kanye West.
Swift's new album targets an ex- beau .
Beau formally charged in NY frosh's beating death.
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden defended his father Vice President Joe Biden's debate performance, saying his laughter and facial expressions did not undermine the substance of his comments at last week's debate.
Beau Biden defends father's smiling.
Biden's debate smiles not a problem, son Beau says.
Beau Choix wins Belmont's Rob N Gin Stakes.
Beau Choix edged Upgrade by a nose Friday in the $80,000 Rob N Gin Stakes on the turf at Belmont Park.
Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, is scheduled to appear in Sheboygan Tuesday.

In science:

Eric Armengaud, Gunter Sigl, Tristan Beau, and Francesco Miniati.
Statistical Tools for Analyzing the Cosmic Ray Energy Spectrum
Practical application of the standard results Now we will brie fly review various applications of the Coulom beau theory presented before.
New ideas about multiplication of tensorial distributions
Then each Ti contains the corresponding f i (In ) plus definite, beau space on both sides, after Axiom 2.
Asymptotic rigidity of scaling ratios for critical circle mappings
C0 |a − b|P (c, f i(In )) , for a certain beau constant C0 .
Asymptotic rigidity of scaling ratios for critical circle mappings
Hence assumption (c) is indeed verified if we take into account that: (i) J is in dynamical correspondence with the base of Bi ; (ii) f (0) = η(0), the left endpoint of f (Ik−1 ), is in dynamical correspondence with the pole of Aj , and (iii) hj is a map of beau bounded cross-ratio distortion.
Asymptotic rigidity of scaling ratios for critical circle mappings