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(ˈbi ə trɪs, ˈbi trɪs)

a Florentine woman represented in Dante's Vita Nuova and Divine Comedy as an ideal of womanhood.
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Noun1.Beatrice - the woman who guided Dante through Paradise in the Divine Comedy


[ˈbɪətrɪs] NBeatriz
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Yes, Beatrice," answered the gardener, "and I need your help.
As Beatrice came down the garden path, it was observable that she handled and inhaled the odor of several of the plants which her father had most sedulously avoided.
Here, Beatrice," said the latter, "see how many needful offices require to be done to our chief treasure.
I know little of the Signora Beatrice save that Rappaccini is said to have instructed her deeply in his science, and that, young and beautiful as fame reports her, she is already qualified to fill a professor's chair.
And it was addressed to HER -- not to Laura or Beatrice or the Maid of Athens, but to her, Anne Shirley.
Duke Lodovico was Lodovico Moro, a son of Francesco Sforza, who married Beatrice d'Este.
Little Maggie Murphy fainted dead away, and Beatrice Peralta fell an' scratched her face horrible.
I think he must be love-sick for some unknown lady,--some exalted Beatrice whom he met abroad.
The joy of Beatrice was my joy, and the sorrows of Cordelia were mine also.
We have Laura and Beatrice, Antigone and Cordelia, but we have no heroic man.
It would take a policeman to do that, Trix, or a little man in a tall hat," said Fanny, slyly, which caused a general laugh, and made Beatrice toss her head coquettishly.
However slight the terrestrial intercourse between Dante and Beatrice or Petrarch and Laura, time changes the proportion of things, and in later days it is preferable to have fewer sonnets and more conversation.