What does beau mean?

Definitions for beau

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word beau.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. boyfriend, fellow, beau, swain, young mannoun

    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"

  2. dandy, dude, fop, gallant, sheik, beau, swell, fashion plate, clotheshorsenoun

    a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance


  1. beaunoun

    A man with a reputation for fine dress and etiquette; a dandy or fop.

  2. beaunoun

    A male lover; a boyfriend.

  3. beaunoun

    A male escort.

  4. Beaunoun

    used since mid-twentieth century.

  5. Etymology: Shortened from surname type given names such as Beauregard or Beaumont, or from the word beau.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Beaunoun

    A man of dress; a man whose great care is to deck his person.

    Etymology: beau, Fr.

    What, will not beaux attempt to please the fair? Dryden.

    The water nymphs are too unkind
    To Vill’roy; are the land nymphs so?
    And fly they all, at once combin’d
    To shame a general, and a beau? Matthew Prior.

    You will become the delight of nine ladies in ten, and the envy of ninety-nine beaux in a hundred. Jonathan Swift, Direct. to Footm.


  1. beau

    A beau is a term used to refer to a person's boyfriend or male admirer. It can also refer to a fashionable, dashing young man or can be used to denote a male escort for a woman or girl at a social event. The term is derived from the French word 'beau', meaning 'beautiful'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beaunoun

    a man who takes great care to dress in the latest fashion; a dandy

  2. Beaunoun

    a man who escorts, or pays attentions to, a lady; an escort; a lover


  1. Beau

    Beau is a specialist twelve-string guitar player who first became known in the late 1960s through his recordings for John Peel's Dandelion Records label. He released two albums on Dandelion - Beau and Creation which featured Jim Milne and Steve Clayton from Tractor as backing musicians on some tracks, plus the single "1917 Revolution" which had greater success abroad than it did in the UK. "1917 Revolution" is said to have been the inspiration for America's "A Horse With No Name". His best known song however is probably "The Roses Of Eyam" which folk singer Roy Bailey took around the world and which he recorded on his Hard Times LP in 1985. This version was subsequently re-released on Bailey's Past Masters CD in 1998. Beau himself released the song officially for the first time as a bonus track on the 2007 UK reissue of the original Beau disc, and on the 2008 Japanese release of the same album. A CD of eighteen previously unissued songs - Edge Of The Dark - was issued on the Angel Air label in 2009, followed in 2011 by the Cherry Red download albums The Way It Was and Creation Recreated. The latter was a remastered, partially remixed and much expanded version of 1971’s Creation. Beau also contributed a previously unreleased song - In The Court Of Conscience - to vinyl specialist Fruits de Mer Records' 2012 Annual, and a 180gram vinyl version of The Way It Was was issued by Ritual Echo Records in 2012.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beau

    bō, n. a man attentive to dress or fashion: a fop or dandy: a lover:—pl. Beaux (bōz):—fem. Belle.—n. Beau′-idē′al, ideal excellence, or an imaginary standard of perfection: the person in which such is realised.—adj. Beau′ish.—ns. Beau′-monde, the gay or fashionable world; Beaupere′ (Spens.), a term of courtesy for 'father,' esp. of ecclesiastical persons: a companion. [Fr. beau, bel—L. bellus, fine, gay, as if for a benulus, dim. of benus = bonus, good.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BEAU

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Beau is ranked #66553 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Beau surname appeared 297 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Beau.

    74% or 220 total occurrences were White.
    14.8% or 44 total occurrences were Black.
    3.7% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.
    3% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beau in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beau in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of beau in a Sentence

  1. Beau Biden:

    They're heroes. They really are heroes. Duty, honor, country, beau Biden talks about can you repeat four words in a row or whatever Beau Biden little IQ test or dementia test Beau Biden took, Beau Biden doesn't understand duty, honor, service, country. Beau Biden doesn't get it. Or if Beau Biden gets it Beau Biden doesn't care about it.

  2. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Above the sky, everything is beautiful, but alone. (Au-dessus du ciel, Tout est beau, mais seul)

  3. Mick Fleetwood:

    I love wearing a lot of color, and I am majorly into scarves. I'm the Beau Brummell of Fleetwood Mac, no doubt.

  4. Charles de LEUSSE:

    It was nice to kill time. But the time buries us before... (On a beau tuer le temps, - Il nous enterre avant)

  5. Tammy Duckworth:

    Military service doesn't just take courage and sacrifice from those in uniform -- they're required from their families, too, beau Biden understands those sacrifices because Beau Biden has made them Beau Biden. When Beau Biden son Beau enlisted in the Army and deployed to Iraq, that burden was shouldered by Beau Biden family as well.

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    offensive or even (of persons) malicious
    • A. abrupt
    • B. nasty
    • C. whirring
    • D. handsome

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