Beau Geste Definition

bō zhĕst
beaux-gestes, beau-geste
noun
A gracious gesture.
American Heritage
A fine or beautiful gesture.
Webster's New World
A gesture noble in form but meaningless in substance.
American Heritage
An act or offer that seems fine, noble, etc., but is empty.
Webster's New World
A gracious gesture, noble in form but often futile or meaningless in substance.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Beau Geste

Noun

Singular:
beau geste
Plural:
beaux-gestes

Origin of Beau Geste

  • Borrowing from French beau (“beautiful”) + geste (“gesture”)

    From Wiktionary

  • French beau noble geste gesture

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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