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belle

[bel] /bɛl/
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 confused
bell, belle.

Belle

[bel] /bɛl/
noun
1.
a female given name, form of Bella.
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  • Raising his eyes from a contemplation of the heels in front of him, he saw belle Langdon.

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

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

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

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  • He was a drunken man, our old nurse belle had told her, but Sue was sure he was a giant.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
British Dictionary definitions for belle

belle

/bɛl/
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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