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
In Azíz and Azízah (ii. 291) we have the beau ideal of a loving woman: the writer’s object was to represent a “softy” who had the luck to win the love of a beautiful and clever cousin and the mad folly to break her heart.
Here is Pope Leo XIII, in his Encyclical of 1890 -- and please remember that Leo XIII was the beau ideal of our capitalist statesmen and editors, as wise and kind and gentle-souled a pope as ever roasted a heretic.
I regard the second speech against Rullus as the ne plus ultra, the very beau ideal of a political harangue to the people on the side of order and good government.
The Morrisons had begun speaking to me again, and were very civil in public - it was represented as being a sudden love-match, of course, between the dashing hussar and the beautiful provincial, so they had to pretend I was their beau ideal of a son-in-law.
I cast my/nota-bene/eyes over the man: - a large portly figure, belonging to the rotund school, the very beau ideal of an old Abbot, with countenance full of twinkling intelligence: and gregarious good humour, having a high metallic tone of voice, and a whisking suddenness of movement, accompanied by