from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A gracious gesture.
- n. A gesture noble in form but meaningless in substance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A gracious gesture, noble in form but often futile or meaningless in substance.
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- n. a gracious (but usually meaningless) gesture
French : beau, noble + geste, gesture.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French beau ("beautiful") + geste ("gesture") (Wiktionary)
William Boyd’s beau geste in making a guest appearance in the picture pleased DeMille enormously, and he gave Boyd an autographed picture of the two men in his dressing room.