The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The boyfriend of a woman or girl.
  • n. A dandy; a fop.

Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man with a reputation for fine dress and etiquette; a dandy or fop.
  • n. A male lover; a boyfriend.
  • n. A male escort.

the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man who takes great care to dress in the latest fashion; a dandy.
  • n. A man who escorts, or pays attentions to, a lady; an escort; a suitor or lover.

The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Good; fair: used especially in address: as, “beau sir,” See beausire, beaupere, etc.
  • n. (bōz).
  • n. 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. A man who is suitor to or is attentive to a lady; a lover; a swain.
  • n. Synonyms Dandy, Exquisite, etc. See coxcomb.
  • To act the beau to; attend or escort (a lady).

WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
  • n. a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman

Word Usage

" 'There is, of course, no one I should prefer to _le beau capitaine_ -- there is no one to whom I would confide my Olive more willingly; but, then, one must look to other things; one cannot live entirely on love, even if it be the love of a _beau capitaine_.' "


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