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the most popular woman among many: She was the belle of the ball.
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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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A popular, attractive girl or woman, especially the most attractive one of a group: the belle of the ball.
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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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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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|Noun||1.||belle - a young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivals; "she was the belle of the ball"|
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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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