Beau-geste meaning

bō zhĕst
A gracious gesture.
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A fine or beautiful gesture.
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A gesture noble in form but meaningless in substance.
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A gracious gesture, noble in form but often futile or meaningless in substance.
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An act or offer that seems fine, noble, etc., but is empty.
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Origin of beau-geste

  • French beau noble geste gesture

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

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

    From Wiktionary