- a female given name, form of Elizabeth.
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Examples from the Web for bessie
Dozens of blues musicians, some as famous as Bessie Smith, were buried in unmarked graves.Blues Musicians in Unmarked Graves Are Finally Getting Some Respect
January 12, 2014
Julien had trouble competing in the flamboyance category with his occasional air show mate, Bessie Coleman.Red Tails Overlooks the Story of America’s First Black Pilots
January 16, 2012
I needed to understand more about his mother, Bessie Gilmore.Eyewitness to the Firing Squad
April 25, 2010
Bessie Smith once sang of wanting a pig foot and a bottle of beer and to be left alone because she was “in my sin.”How Insane Is the Beer Summit?
July 30, 2009
Josie Lockwood rustles into hearing with Bessie Gabriel in tow.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
You might know Bessie Hall would have the best of everything!
Of the three, Bessie thought she would rather be the one with the disposition.
When Bessie was most unreasonable one only wanted to kiss her.
But Bessie had the standards of an open-handed people to whom economy was not a virtue.