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[bee-uh-tris, bee-tris for 1, 3; bee-a-tris for 2; for 1, 3 also Italian be-ah-tree-che] /ˈbi ə trɪs, ˈbi trɪs for 1, 3; biˈæ trɪs for 2; for 1, 3 also Italian ˌbɛ ɑˈtri tʃɛ/
(in Dante's Vita Nuova and Divine Comedy) a symbolic figure developed from the person whom Dante first saw as a child and loved as an ideal of womanhood.
a city in SE Nebraska.
a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “one who brings joy.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He wondered if Beatrice was at home, wondered—a thousand things.

    The Everlasting Arms Joseph Hocking
  • Yet there seemed no reason for the invention of Beatrice, if she were not a real person.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • The teacher assented, and Beatrice shook hands with her and bade her good-night.

    Beatrice H. Rider Haggard
  • Beatrice privately thought that she would prefer not to know all that rubbish.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter Emily Sarah Holt
  • Beatrice was proud, and he feared that he had not altogether won her yet.

    Harding of Allenwood Harold Bindloss
Word Origin and History for Beatrice

fem. proper name, from French Béatrice, from Latin beatrix, fem. of beatricem "who makes happy," from beatus "happy" (see beatitude).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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