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beau i·de·al

 (bō′ ī-dē′əl)
n. pl. beau ideals
1. The concept of perfect beauty.
2. An idealized type or model: the beau ideal of a high-ranking army officer.

[French beau idéal : beau, perfect + idéal, ideal.]

beau idéal

(bo ideal)
n, pl beaux idéals (boz ideal)
perfect beauty or excellence
[literally: ideal beauty]

beau′ ide′al

n., pl. beaus ideal, beaux ideal for 1; beau ideals for 2.
1. a conception of perfect beauty.
2. a model of excellence.
[1795–1805; < French beau idéal literally, ideal beauty]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beau ideal - an ideal instancebeau ideal - an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
ideal - the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
gold standard - a paragon of excellence; "academic education is the gold standard against which other educational activity is pejoratively judged"

beau ideal

One that is worthy of imitation or duplication: