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beau

A beau is an old-fashioned term for "boyfriend." When your great-grandmother was young, she probably had a beau.

Beau means "handsome" in French. Pronounce it the same way the French do, with a long o: "boh." The word recalls more innocent times, when gentleman courted their ladies and skirts barely rose above ankle level. You'll hardly ever hear beau used today, unless you're watching a movie, play or television drama set in the past.

Definitions of beau
  1. noun
    a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman
    synonyms: boyfriend, fellow, swain, young man
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    type of:
    lover
    a person who loves someone or is loved by someone
    adult male, man
    an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
  2. noun
    a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
    synonyms: clotheshorse, dandy, dude, fashion plate, fop, gallant, sheik, swell
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    examples:
    George Bryan Brummell
    English dandy who was a fashion leader during the Regency (1778-1840)
    types:
    cockscomb, coxcomb
    a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments
    macaroni
    a British dandy in the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms
    type of:
    adult male, man
    an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
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