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Romantic ContextPlay
Use 'beau' when referring to someone's romantic partner in a slightly old-fashioned or playful way. SlideHer grandmother asked if she had a beau.
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Not for WomenPlay
'Beau' refers to a male partner, never a female. For a woman, you would usually say 'girlfriend' or 'belle'. SlideHe proudly talked about his beau, not using the more common 'boyfriend'.
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Slight ElegancePlay
'Beau' can imply a sense of class and charm, more than generic terms like 'boyfriend'. SlideShe admired her friend's beau for his polite manner.