belle

(redirected from Bella)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

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.
Abused, Confused, & Misused Words by Mary Embree Copyright © 2007, 2013 by Mary Embree

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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

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).
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Translations

belle

[bel] N the belle of the ballla reina del baile
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

belle

nSchöne f, → Schönheit f; the belle of the balldie Ballkönigin
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
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.
He recommended it for all the children, but particularly for the weakness in little Bella's throat, both sea air and bathing."
And, my dear, whenever he comes, you had better let him look at little Bella's throat."
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.
Recollect Bella; come, you must keep her spirits up, poor girl.'
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." M.