Beau ideal
Ideal I*de"al, n. A mental conception regarded as a standard of perfection; a model of excellence, beauty, etc. [1913 Webster]

The ideal is to be attained by selecting and assembling in one whole the beauties and perfections which are usually seen in different individuals, excluding everything defective or unseemly, so as to form a type or model of the species. Thus, the Apollo Belvedere is the ideal of the beauty and proportion of the human frame. --Fleming. [1913 Webster]

{Beau ideal}. See {Beau ideal}. [1913 Webster]


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  • beau-ideal — 1801, from Fr. 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • beau ideal — beau′ ide′al n. pl. beaus ideal, beaux ideal; beau ideals 1) fot a conception of perfect beauty 2) fot a model of excellence • Etymology: 1795–1805; < F beau idéal lit., ideal beauty …   From formal English to slang

  • beau ideal — n. [Fr beau idéal] 1. ideal beauty 2. the perfect type or conception: a sense due to mistranslation [the beau ideal of fashion] …   English World dictionary

  • Beau ideal — Beau i*de al (b[=o] [ i]*d[=e] al; 277). [F. beau beautiful + id[ e]al ideal.] A conception or image of consummate beauty, moral or physical, formed in the mind, free from all the deformities, defects, and blemishes seen in actual existence; an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beau ideal — ideal, exemplar, pattern, *model, example, mirror, standard …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • beau ideal — pl. beaus ideal, beaux ideal for 1; beau ideals for 2. 1. a conception of perfect beauty. 2. a model of excellence. [1795 1805; < F beau idéal lit., ideal beauty. See BEAU, IDEAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • beau ideal — noun (plural beau ideals) Etymology: French beau idéal ideal beauty Date: 1809 the perfect type or model …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • beau ideal — n. (pl. beaux ideals) the highest type of excellence or beauty. Etymology: F beau ideacuteal = ideal beauty: see BEAU, IDEAL …   Useful english dictionary

  • beau ideal — [Fr.] Ideal beauty, ideal excellence, ideal standard, ideal, realized ideal, perfection, consummation, consummate flower …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • beau idéal — noun /bo ideal/ An emulable eidolon embodying excellence in a particular respect.<ref name= COED def >The Concise Oxford English Dictionary [Eleventh Edition]</ref> …   Wiktionary

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