Definition of beau idéal in English:

beau idéal

noun

  • A person or thing representing the highest possible standard of excellence in a particular respect.

    ‘as a war hero and budget-cutter, he strikes many observers as the beau idéal of electability’
    • ‘He was the Beau Ideal of the Regular Army.’
    • ‘Successful double envelopment, every commander's beau idéal, can have no other outcome.’
    utmost, optimum, last word, very limit, height, epitome, peak, pinnacle, acme, apex, apogee, zenith, culmination, perfection, nonpareil, extreme, extremity
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Origin

French, literally ‘ideal beauty’.

Pronunciation

beau idéal

/bo ideal//ˌbəʊ iːdeɪˈal/