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belle

the most popular woman among many: She was the belle of the ball.
Not to be confused with:
bell – a hollow instrument that is rung by the strokes of a clapper, hammer, etc.: She rang a bell to summon her servants.
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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.]
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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

(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]
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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"
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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.
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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).
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Translations

belle

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

nSchöne f, → Schönheit f; the belle of the balldie Ballkönigin
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References in classic literature ?
The great red seal was emblazoned with the sham coat of arms which Osborne had assumed from the Peerage, with "Pax in bello" for a motto; that of the ducal house with which the vain old man tried to fancy himself connected.
He made the voyage to Acapulco very happily, and there he sold his ship: and having there also obtained allowance to travel by land to Porto Bello, he found means to get to Jamaica, with all his treasure, and about eight years after came to England exceeding rich.
"If a government has no judicial framework and lacks strong institutions, certain policies can strongly affect investment," Bello says.
Al Bello trained hard for the Olympic Summer Games.
Walden Bello is one of the leading critics of the current model of economic globalization, combining the roles of intellectual and activist.
Edward Bello was given home detention and told to get rid of his seven TVs for spending pounds 19,000 on stolen credit cards.
Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has commended his counterpart in Kogi, Governor Yahaya Bello, and the security agencies for their support towards the conduct of PDP primary election in Kogi.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III admitted on Wednesday that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) lacks manpower in monitoring all the foreign workers in the country, including those in the Philippine offshore gaming operator (Pogo) industry.
Bello III said he will fly to Canada on Monday to prepare for the signing of an accord that primarily aims to ensure that the labor rights of Filipino health-care workers, particularly nurses, are protected.
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has lost his stepmother, Madam Rekiya Momoh Bello.