Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The concept of perfect beauty.
  • n. An idealized type or model: the beau ideal of a high-ranking army officer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Nonstandard spelling of beau idéal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 ideal or faultless standard or model.
  • n. See Beau ideal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mental conception or image of any object, moral or physical, in its perfect typical form, free from all the deformities, defects, and blemishes accompanying its actual existence; a model of excellence in the mind or fancy; ideal excellence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept

Etymologies

French beau idéal, perfect ideal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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