belle

[ bel ]
/ bɛl /

noun

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.

Origin of belle

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH belle

bell belle

Definition for belle (2 of 2)

Belle
[ bel ]
/ bɛl /

noun

a female given name, form of Bella.
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British Dictionary definitions for belle

belle
/ (bɛl) /

noun

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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