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[bel-uh] /ˈbɛl ə/
a female given name, form of Isabella. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And how well was it not known that the Signora Alieni was Bella, Bella donna?

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • It is not my fault, Bella, the opportune gentleman don't come!

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The fact of his being taken from them came home to Bella then with a rush.

    Better than Play Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • I know not, Bella, that I ever asked any thing unfit to be granted.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Bella threw down her rag, turned fiercely upon him and gripped his shoulders.

    Snow-Blind Katharine Newlin Burt
Word Origin and History for Bella

fem. proper name, from Italian bella "fair," from Latin bella, fem. of bellus "beautiful, fair" (see bene-). In some cases short for Isabella (see Isabel).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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