\ 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 Shirley was a true Southern belle who made the most amazing meals to be shared with friends and family., "Shirley Jean Hall," 1 Dec. 2019 The Thursday group winners included Diane Melody as a Southern belle; Chuck and Alice Nagy, again as a pair of dominoes; and Venla Urig as Dr. Seuss. Linda Gandee/special To, cleveland, "North Ridgeville seniors embrace Halloween spirit," 4 Nov. 2019 Now It’s no surprise that Game of Thrones was the belle of HBO’s Emmys ball. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Game of Thrones’ Muted Victory Lap at the Emmys," 23 Sep. 2019 If the flour tortilla was taken up just a notch, the Southern belle has potential to be a Huntsville classic. Matt Wake |, al, "A Huntsville taco that puts The South in your mouth," 16 Sep. 2019 Once again the belle of the night was Dede Wilsey, who did not appear to be suffering from being mocked by local Democratic operatives for her name showing up on a Trump fundraiser invite. Willie Brown,, "Pundits laugh at Andrew Yang. Regular people don’t," 14 Sep. 2019 The wallflower turns into the belle of the ball and starts to realize her ambitions, but also unwittingly sets off a bloody spiral of contagion. Clark Collis,, "Rabid remake gets disturbing first trailer," 4 July 2019 Behind her, a glossy navy door is the first sign that the Southern belle’s taste in interior decor is traditional, yet playful. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "We’re Obsessed With Reese Witherspoon’s Stunning California Home," 20 Aug. 2019 Kin-la-belle, now Kin-la-poubelle, as everyone said. The Economist, "Obituary: Pierre Mambele died on June 8th," 18 July 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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8 Dec 2019

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“Belle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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