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belle

[bel]
noun
1.
a woman or girl admired for her beauty and charm.
2.
the most beautiful, charming, or engaging woman or girl among a number: the belle of the ball.

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

bell, belle.
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Belle

[bel]
noun
a female given name, form of Bella.
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belle (bɛl)
 
n
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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belle
"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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