[ bel ]
/ bɛl /


a woman or girl admired for her beauty and charm.
the most beautiful, charming, or engaging woman or girl among a number: the belle of the ball.

Nearby words

  1. bellatrix,
  2. bellay,
  3. bellay, du,
  4. bellbird,
  5. bellboy,
  6. belle glade,
  7. belle indifférence,
  8. belle isle,
  9. belle isle, strait of,
  10. belle époque

Origin of belle

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

Can be confusedbell belle


[ bel ]
/ bɛl /


a female given name, form of Bella. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for belle


/ (bɛl) /


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

Word Origin for belle

C17: from French, feminine of beau

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Word Origin and History for belle



"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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