\ˈbel \

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

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Steadman described meeting a blonde southern belle at the Pendennis Club who asked him to draw her picture. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Artist remembers 1970 Kentucky Derby with Hunter S. Thompson," 2 May 2018 Unforgettably, his faded Southern belle describes the loneliness and loss of middle age as one long walk to the graveyard. Andrea Simakis,, "Dobama Theatre's 'Appropriate' is Long Day's Journey Into White (review)," 26 Apr. 2018 La belle boat neck: The boat neck, or bateau neckline, was one of the most notable design elements of Markle’s wedding gown. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Markle effect: 6 wedding trends inspired by the royal wedding," 30 May 2018 Riley Papile and her girlfriend Abby Creneti are setting themselves up to be the (taco) belles of their high school ball. Eileen Reslen, Seventeen, "This Teen Couple Took Their Prom Pictures at a Taco Bell and the Internet Is Here For It," 9 May 2018 All the Years of Dannielynn Birkhead at the Kentucky Derby with Dad Like previous years, Dannielynn was dressed to the nines — this time wearing a white silk Southern belle gown with blue hydrangea appliqués from Lesy boutique. Dave Quinn,, "Anna Nicole Smith's Daughter Dannielynn Birkhead, 11, Beams at the Kentucky Derby," 5 May 2018 Best not to mess with any Southern belles–but especially not these powerful women. Southern Living, "5 Super-Successful Southern Women," 30 Apr. 2018 Six Sisters Boutique The vibe is Southern belle with sass at this lifestyle and clothing shop that opened last August in a former hardware store. New York Times, "Five Places to Go in Louisville," 25 Apr. 2018 McVay was the tight ends coach under Kyle Shanahan and now is the coach of the year, belle of the ball. Peter King,, "On Draft QBs, Trade Rumors and a New Rule That Might Change Football Forever," 1 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of belle

: a very attractive and popular girl or woman


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: an attractive and popular girl or woman

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