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

n a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman

Synonyms:
boyfriend, fellow, swain, young man
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)

n a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

Synonyms:
clotheshorse, dandy, dude, fashion plate, fop, gallant, sheik, swell
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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