beau vs boyfriend what difference

what is difference between beau and boyfriend

English

Etymology

Borrowed from French beau, from Latin bellus (beautiful). Doublet of bello.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /bəʊ/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /boʊ/
  • (UK)
  • Homophone: bow
  • Rhymes: -əʊ

Noun

beau (plural beaux or beaus)

  1. (dated) A man with a reputation for fine dress and etiquette; a dandy or fop.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 21
      “I do not comprehend the meaning of the word. But this I can say, that if he ever was a beau before he married, he is one still, for there is not the smallest alteration in him.”
      “Oh! dear! one never thinks of married mens’[sic] being beaux—they have something else to do.”
  2. (dated) A male lover; a boyfriend.
    • 1917, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, p. 142:
      Hannah’s beau takes all her time ‘n’ thought, and when she gits a husband her mother’ll be out o’ sight and out o’ mind.
    • 2009, Philippa Bourke, Monsters and Critics [1], Dec 10, 2009:
      Kristin Davis has taken time out to enjoy the surf and sand with her Australian beau, photographer Russell James.
  3. A male escort.
  4. A suitor of a lady.

Translations

See also

  • beau-
  • beautiful
  • Beau

References

  • beau in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

Anagrams

  • Aube, aube

Aromanian

Alternative forms

  • beu

Etymology

From Latin bibō. Compare Romanian bea, beau.

Verb

beau (third-person present singular indicative bea, past participle biutã)

  1. I drink

Related terms

  • beari/beare
  • biut
  • biutor
  • biuturã
  • parabeau

French

Etymology

From Middle French beau, from Old French biau, bel, from Latin bellus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bo/
  • Rhymes: -o
  • Homophones: bau, baux, beaux, bot, bots

Adjective

beau (masculine singular before vowel bel, feminine singular belle, masculine plural beaux, feminine plural belles)

  1. handsome, fine, attractive
  2. nice
  3. fair (weather)

Usage notes

  • To avoid hiatus, the form bel is used before masculine singular nouns that begin with a vowel or mute h.

Derived terms

Descendants

  • English: beau, Beau, belle, Belle

Noun

beau m (plural beaux)

  1. (Louisiana) boyfriend

Coordinate terms

  • belle
  • blonde
  • femme
  • gars
  • homme

Further reading

  • “beau” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • aube

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • beu, bew, bewe

Etymology

From Old French bel, biau, from Latin bellus, from Old Latin *duenelos. Doublet of bel.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɛu̯/
  • Rhymes: -ɛu̯

Adjective

beau

  1. good, fine

References

  • “beau, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.

Middle French

Alternative forms

  • bel

Etymology

From Old French beau, one of the variants of biau.

Adjective

beau m (feminine singular belle, masculine plural beaux, feminine plural belles)

  1. beautiful; handsome; attractive

Descendants

  • French: beau

Old French

Adjective

beau m (oblique and nominative feminine singular bele)

  1. Alternative form of biau

Declension


Romanian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [be̯aw]

Verb

beau

  1. first-person singular present indicative of bea
  2. first-person singular present subjunctive of bea
  3. third-person plural present indicative of bea
  4. third-person plural imperfect indicative of bea


English

Alternative forms

  • boy friend (dated)
  • boy-friend (dated)

Etymology

From boy +‎ friend.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɔɪˌfɹɛnd/, /ˈbɔɪfɹənd/

Noun

boyfriend (plural boyfriends)

  1. A male partner in an unmarried romantic relationship.
    Coordinate terms: fiancé, girlfriend, husband, lover, significant other
  2. A male friend.
    Synonyms: (slang) guyfriend, buddy, pal, mate; see also Thesaurus:friend

Usage notes

In contrast to its female equivalent, girlfriend, which is also often used to describe a woman’s close female friends, the term is not that often used in reference to non-romantic relationships. Boyfriend is a relatively modern term, and in the past has had implications of an illicit relationship (as sexual and romantic relationships outside marriage were more commonly frowned upon). It is now a generally accepted term and has no negative implications per se.

An adult man in a non-marital relationship is sometimes referred to instead as a significant other or partner, especially if the two partners are living together. Because boyfriend and partner mean different things to different people, the distinctions between the terms are subjective, and which term is used in a relationship will ultimately be determined by personal preference.

Separating the word into its two components boy friend avoids the romantic implication nowadays, although boy friend used to mean the same as boyfriend does now. However, British and Australian men usually refer to a male friend as a mate. Similarly, Americans and Canadians use the term buddy.

Derived terms

  • boyfriendable

Descendants

  • Hindi: बॉयफ़्रेंड (bŏyfreṇḍ)
  • Japanese: ボーイフレンド (bōifurendo)
  • Korean: 보이프렌드 (boipeurendeu)
  • Russian: бойфре́нд (bojfrɛ́nd)
  • Urdu: بایفْرینْڈ(bayfrenḍ)

Translations

Anagrams

  • friend boy, friendboy

Finnish

Noun

boyfriend

  1. (rare) boyfriend

Declension

Synonyms

  • poikakaveri
  • poikaystävä

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