Belle vs. Beau - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Belle (noun)

    An attractive woman.

    "In her new dress she felt like the belle of the ball."

  • Beau (noun)

    A man with a reputation for fine dress and etiquette; a dandy or fop.

  • Beau (noun)

    A male lover; a boyfriend.

  • Beau (noun)

    A male escort.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Belle (noun)

    a beautiful girl or woman, especially the most beautiful at a particular event

    "the belle of the ball"

  • Beau (noun)

    a boyfriend or male admirer.

  • Beau (noun)

    a rich, fashionable young man; a dandy.

Webster Dictionary

  • Belle (noun)

    A young lady of superior beauty and attractions; a handsome lady, or one who attracts notice in society; a fair lady.

  • Beau (noun)

    A man who takes great care to dress in the latest fashion; a dandy.

  • Beau (noun)

    A man who escorts, or pays attentions to, a lady; an escort; a suitor or lover.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Belle (noun)

    a young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivals;

    "she was the belle of the ball"

  • Beau (noun)

    a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman;

    "if I'd known he was her boyfriend I wouldn't have asked"

  • Beau (noun)

    a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

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