noun, plural beaus ideal, beaux ideal for 1; beau ideals for 2.

  1. a conception of perfect beauty.
  2. a model of excellence.

noun plural beaux idéals (boz ideal)

  1. perfect beauty or excellence

1801, from French beau idéal “the ideal beauty, beautifulness as an abstract ideal,” in which beau is the subject, but as English usually puts the adjective first, the sense has shifted in English toward “perfect type or model.”

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