American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Brummell, George Bryan Known as "Beau Brummell.” 1778-1840. British dandy who popularized new men's fashions, including simply cut clothing, trousers rather than breeches, and elaborate neckwear. An inveterate gambler, he died in poverty in an insane asylum in France.
- n. English dandy who was a fashion leader during the Regency (1778-1840)
“During that time, George Bryan "Beau" Brummell, a close friend of the Prince Regent, the future King George IV, suggested that gentlemen wear waisted black coats and white cravats with pantaloons, a custom that has evolved into today's strict dress code of top hat and morning suit for men and formal clothes for ladies, who are still required to wear hats in the Royal Enclosure.”
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“Yes, after 450 pages packed with fascinating topics, from the decimation of country parsonages to the miracle of hydraulic cement (it made the Erie Canal possible) — after discovering worms in the sturgeon at Samuel Pepys's table and dressing with Beau Brummell, after reading of man's long struggle to tame sewage and prevent cholera — we are asked to hang our heads in shame at the units of carbon we emit.”
“Apparently, Balzac felt the need for someone to back him up, so he invented his own version of Brummell.”
“As a final touch, he plays ventriloquist, couching his beliefs in the royal "we" of Balzac and Brummell.”
“One of the founding fathers of the fashionable in early 19th century England, Brummell is the titular dandy from the Baudelaire's aforementioned text.”
“That way we get to keep James Purefoy's performance as Brummell.”
“The Dandy: Brummell to Beerbohm (1960); Literary Women (1976); Two Dreisers (1969).”
“By comparison with Literary Women, The Dandy: Brummell to Beerbohm (1960) and Two Dreisers (1969) seem dutiful academic exercises.”
“He was a celebrity, in the tradition of Lord Byron and Beau Brummell, but more Brummell than Byron, more style than substance.”
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