\ ˈbel How to pronounce belle (audio) \

Definition of belle

: a popular and attractive girl or woman especially : a girl or woman whose charm and beauty make her a favorite the belle of the ball

Examples of belle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The legendary Tony-winning actress is bringing her voice to Tennessee Williams' fading Southern belle, Blanche DuBois, in A Streetcar Named Desire. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hear Audra McDonald in A Streetcar Named Desire clip from the Williamstown Theatre Festival," 2 Dec. 2020 Jena Malone walks an expert line between razored, genteel condescension and hateful resentment as a poisonous Southern belle named Elizabeth, arguably the film’s most fearsome character. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Review: Janelle Monáe can’t save ‘Antebellum’ from its hollow, high-concept horrors," 22 Sep. 2020 What was once a middle school art project completed during the pandemic became, for a short while, the belle of McAllister Park and a social media sensation. Richard A. Marini,, "Deer sculpture at McAllister Park in San Antonio fondly remembered by its many fans after its untimely destruction.," 15 Sep. 2020 That had major appeal for Cattrall, who stars as Margaret, a Southern belle with a dash of Tennessee Williams vulnerability. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Kim Cattrall and Tate Taylor on bringing shock, awe, and sex to religion in Filthy Rich," 14 Sep. 2020 Become the belle of any party you to or relax at home with your favorite books. Editors, Seventeen, "44 Easy Disney Halloween Costumes That Will Make You Cry Tears of Nostalgia," 29 July 2020 But Griffen’s spin move is really the belle of the ball, just ask Tyron Smith (above clip). John Owning, Dallas News, "Jadeveon Clowney isn’t the free agent DE who Cowboys fans should be clamoring for," 3 July 2020 Diana Morgan was a pampered Southern belle in a small North Carolina town who knew nothing about the struggles of the black cooks and maids who served her family. John Blake, CNN, "What Americans who beat the Great Depression can teach us today," 7 May 2020 Who were some your favorite red carpet slay belles of 2019? Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Slay Belles: 20 Celebrities Who Won Red Carpet Beauty In 2019," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of belle

1622, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for belle

French, from feminine of beau beautiful — more at beau

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The first known use of belle was in 1622

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7 Dec 2020

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“Belle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of belle

old-fashioned : a very attractive and popular girl or woman


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Kids Definition of belle

: an attractive and popular girl or woman

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