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Beatrice

[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/
noun
1.
(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.
2.
a city in SE Nebraska.
3.
a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “one who brings joy.”.
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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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Encyclopedia Article for Beatrice

Beatrice Portinari

the woman to whom the great Italian poet Dante dedicated most of his poetry and almost all of his life, from his first sight of her at the age of nine ("from that time forward, Love quite governed my soul") through his glorification of her in La divina commedia, completed 40 years later, to his death in 1321.

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