\ 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 Friend groups dreaming of living like a Southern belle won't be disappointed with a trip to Savannah. Terri Huggins Hart, Woman's Day, 14 June 2022 After being the belle of the ball for WarnerMedia, AEW received all the fanfare of a sidepiece under this new regime, which recently ousted staunch AEW supporter Brett Weitz. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 19 May 2022 That rite of spring for Madison Avenue is now poised to double as a post-merger bash for Big Media’s new belle of the ball. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 5 Apr. 2022 Though blockbuster social media remains logocentric, social audio hums along, and Clubhouse, in particular, seems unbothered not to be the belle of anyone's VC ball anymore. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 31 Mar. 2022 Warne went undercover to unravel the plot, reprising her Maroney-era performance as a Southern belle from Alabama. Kellie B. Gormly, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 Ross combines designer trends with a splash of traditional Southern belle to create the perfect Kentucky Derby look. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 11 Mar. 2022 But the absolute belle of the crazy-balls was a man named Matt Baker. Peter Weber, The Week, 18 Aug. 2021 At Clive’s gala, Whitney was always the belle of the ball. Gerrick Kennedy, Rolling Stone, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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23 Jun 2022

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“Belle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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