beau geste[bō z̸hest′]
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- a fine or beautiful gesture
- an act or offer that seems fine, noble, etc., but is empty
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noun pl. beaux gestes beaux gestes or beau gestes
- A gracious gesture.
- A gesture noble in form but meaningless in substance.
Origin: French : beau, noble + geste, gesture.