Definition of beau idéal in English:

beau idéal


  • 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.’


French, literally ideal beauty.


beau idéal

/French bo ideal//ˌbəʊ iːdeɪˈal/