noun, plural bêtes noires [beyt -nwahrz; French bet -nwar]. /ˌbeɪt ˈnwɑrz; French bɛt ˈnwar/.
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Brands like Lo & Sons and Delsey are already tapping Travel Noire to connect with black travelers.
These days, to be featured by Travel Noire on Instagram is like a badge of honor for many black millennial travelers.
Travel Noire fellows earned about a half million travel miles in 2014.
For a time Niki Karimi, the actor and director, served as the bête noire of the hardline media.The Kiss That Sent Iran Crazy and an Actress to Be Flogged in Public|IranWire|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The most serious liberal opposition, though, came from the LGBT community, where Hagel was a longtime bête noire.How the Chuck Hagel Fight Changed the American Jewish Landscape in Washington|J. J. Goldberg|August 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I asked the conductor if he had been at the battle; he burst out laughing like a philosopher, as he was, and said "Pas si bete."Little Travels and Roadside Sketches|William Makepeace Thackeray
Merimee says of George Sand that he has known her "maigre comme un clou et noire comme une taupe."Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician|Frederick Niecks
The weather, being practically the bete noire of our existence, came in for a good deal of abuse.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
It had been our bête noire from the time five dollars and fifty cents ransomed it at Shasta.
Those two strangers, those doctors who arrived at the Tte-Noire last night, have been making experiments already.Brother Jacques (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume XVII)|Charles Paul de Kock
British Dictionary definitions for bête noire
noun plural bêtes noires (bɛt nwar)
Word Origin for bête noire
Cultural definitions for bête noire
Something or someone a person views with particular dislike: “The new candidate for governor is the bête noire of all the liberals in the state.” From French, meaning “black beast.”
Idioms and Phrases with bête noire
A person or thing that is particularly disliked. For example, Calculus was the bête noire of my freshman courses. This phrase, French for “black beast,” entered the English language in the early 1800s. For synonyms, see pain in the neck; thorn in one's flesh.