Definition of beauté du diable in English:

beauté du diable

(also beaute du diable)

noun

  • Beauty that is associated with youth; especially transient and superficial attractiveness and charm, often associated with a mischievous or rakish personality.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Harriette Wilson (1786–1845), courtesan. From French beauté du diable, lit. ‘devil's beauty’ from beauté + du of the + diable.

Pronunciation

beauté du diable

/bəʊˌteɪ duː dɪˈɑːbl(ə)/