1615–25; < French; Old French bele < Latin bella, feminine of bellus fine, good-looking. See beau

bell, belle. Unabridged


a female given name, form of Bella. Unabridged
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belle (bɛl)
1.  a beautiful girl or woman
2.  the most attractive or admired girl or woman at a place, function, etc (esp in the phrase the belle of the ball)
[C17: from French, feminine of beau]

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Word Origin & History

"beautiful woman well-dressed; reigning beauty," 1620s, from Fr. belle, from O.Fr. bele, from L. bella, fem. of bellus "beautiful, fair."
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Example sentences 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
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.
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