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[bel] /bɛl/
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
Can be confused
bell, belle.


[bel] /bɛl/
a female given name, form of Bella. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for belle
  • The whole village joined in and belle was thrilled when she won the race.
  • Lisa was even less impressed when she found out what belle had been doing all afternoon.
  • The education inspector suggested private school was a good option for belle.
  • Rosemary king took a liking to belle and offered to pay the school fees.
  • belle sneaked out to take a look around the stables where she was discovered by perdy.
  • belle told the medic that the bright light was causing her great discomfort.
  • The next day they held the party and belle was quick to impress her posh friends.
  • belle covered his car in manure, and zak forced her to apologise.
British Dictionary definitions for belle


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
C17: from French, feminine of beau
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Word Origin and History for belle

"beautiful woman well-dressed; reigning beauty," 1620s, from French belle, from Old French bele, from Latin bella, fem. of bellus "beautiful, fair" (see bene-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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