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belle

[bel]
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noun
  1. a woman or girl admired for her beauty and charm.
  2. the most beautiful, charming, or engaging woman or girl among a number: the belle of the ball.

Origin of belle

1615–25; < French; Old French bele < Latin bella, feminine of bellus fine, good-looking. See beau
Can be confusedbell belle

Belle

[bel]
noun
  1. a female given name, form of Bella.
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Examples from the Web for belle

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  • He turned his back on Belle Langdon and went down the right-hand steps.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Raising his eyes from a contemplation of the heels in front of him, he saw Belle Langdon.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • I saw the host of the Belle Étoile which, as I said, was the sign and designation of my inn.

  • Shall I ever forget the heroic tableau of the hall of the Belle Étoile?

  • Belle spoke of this store as a "vile saloon" and of these men as "dockers."

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole


British Dictionary definitions for belle

belle

noun
  1. a beautiful girl or woman
  2. the most attractive or admired girl or woman at a place, function, etc (esp in the phrase the belle of the ball)

Word Origin

C17: from French, feminine of beau
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Word Origin and History for belle

n.

"beautiful woman well-dressed; reigning beauty," 1620s, from French belle, from Old French bele, from Latin bella, fem. of bellus "beautiful, fair" (see bene-).

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