Definition of beau geste in English:

beau geste


  • A noble and generous act:

    ‘in a beau geste of argument, he thanked his opponent for characterizing the dilemma so well’
    • ‘It was still a beau geste on the part of Ateneo.’
    • ‘At the time, the rescue operation was hailed as ‘the beau geste of the twentieth century.’’
    • ‘Clyde, in a beau geste, allows a humble farmer to keep his cash, an incident based on fact.’
    • ‘It all depends of whether North Korea would show the ‘beau geste,’ according to the source.’


French, literally splendid gesture.


beau geste

/French bo ʒɛst//bəʊ ˈʒɛst/