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belle

 (bĕl)
n.
A popular, attractive girl or woman, especially the most attractive one of a group: the belle of the ball.

[French, beautiful, belle, from Latin bella, feminine of bellus; see deu- in Indo-European roots.]

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]

belle

(bɛl)

n.
a woman or girl much admired for her beauty and charm: the belle of the ball.
[1615–25;< French; Old French bele < Latin bella, feminine of bellus fine, good-looking. See beau]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.belle - a young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivalsbelle - a young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivals; "she was the belle of the ball"
fille, girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman - a young woman; "a young lady of 18"

belle

noun beauty, looker (informal), lovely, good-looker, goddess, Venus, peach (informal), cracker (informal), stunner (informal), charmer She was the belle of her Sunday school class.

belle

noun
A person regarded as physically attractive.Used of a woman:
Slang: babe, doll, hunk (used of a man), knockout, looker, stud (used of a man).
Translations

belle

[bel] N the belle of the ballla reina del baile

belle

nSchöne f, → Schönheit f; the belle of the balldie Ballkönigin
References in classic literature ?
Tell your father whether it was last Monday, Bella.
But we never heard any more of it, ma,' said Bella, the elder girl.
Tell your father, Bella, whether the milkman said so.
Here, the huffing of Miss Bella and the loss of three of her men at a swoop, aggravated by the coronation of an opponent, led to that young lady's jerking the draught-board and pieces off the table: which her sister went down on her knees to pick up.
Lavinia has not known the trial that Bella has known.
Here, Lavinia, rising to the surface with the last draughtman rescued, interposed, 'You never cared for George Sampson, Bella.
You are a chit and a little idiot,' returned Bella, 'or you wouldn't make such a dolly speech.
A gentleman coming in, Miss Bella, with a short and sharp exclamation, scrambled off the hearth-rug and massed the bitten curls together in their right place on her neck.
First, there was Wardle himself, looking, if that were possible, more jolly than ever; then there were Bella and her faithful Trundle; and, lastly, there were Emily and some eight or ten young ladies, who had all come down to the wedding, which was to take place next day, and who were in as happy and important a state as young ladies usually are, on such momentous occasions; and they were, one and all, startling the fields and lanes, far and wide, with their frolic and laughter.
Pickwick how they had all been down in a body to inspect the furniture and fittings- up of the house, which the young couple were to tenant, after the Christmas holidays; at which communication Bella and Trundle both coloured up, as red as the fat boy after the taproom fire; and the young lady with the black eyes and the fur round the boots, whispered something in Emily's ear, and then glanced archly at Mr.
Pickwick gently pulled Bella towards him, and bestowing a kiss upon her forehead, bade her sit down on the little stool at her grandmother's feet.
de Bonaparte; do not conceal anything, however serious, -- let us see, the Island of Elba is a volcano, and we may expect to have issuing thence flaming and bristling war -- bella, horrida bella.