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beau monde  

  (French)  
      n   the world of fashion and society  
     (C18: French, literally: fine world)  
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beau  
      n   pl   , beaux   , beaus  
1    a lover, sweetheart, or escort of a girl or woman  
2    a man who is greatly concerned with his clothes and appearance; dandy  
     (C17: from French, from Old French biau, from Latin bellus handsome, charming)  


beau geste     (French)  
      n   pl   , beaux gestes   a noble or gracious gesture or act, esp. one that is meaningless  
     (literally: beautiful gesture)  
beau idéal     (French)  
      n   pl   , beaux idéals   perfect beauty or excellence  
     (literally: ideal beauty)  
beau monde     (French)  
      n   the world of fashion and society  
     (C18: French, literally: fine world)  

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beau  

1    admirer, boyfriend, escort, fancy man     (slang)   fiancé, guy     (informal)   leman     (archaic)   lover, suitor, swain, sweetheart  
2    cavalier, coxcomb, dandy, fop, gallant, ladies' man, popinjay, swell     (informal)  

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