Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The concept of perfect beauty.
  • noun An idealized type or model.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Nonstandard spelling of beau idéal.

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

  • noun an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept

Etymologies

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

French beau idéal, perfect ideal.

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