: 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 belles in their hoopskirts took the arms of boys from Baylor Military Academy, who wore Confederate uniforms. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Aug. 2022 After supporting her mother-in-law Victoria Beckham for the designer's emotional return to the runway, the Transformers star headed to the Valentino Spring 2023 show alongside her husband Brooklyn, who's been appearing at fashion week with his belle. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 7 Oct. 2022 The movie also focuses on the romantic entanglements of Scarlett O’Hara (played by Vivien Leigh), an impetuous and iron-willed Southern belle who finds her feelings torn between the mild-mannered Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) and the dashing Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). Mary Colurso |, al, 10 June 2020 Our saga begins at a funeral, where the glamorous Southern belle Georgia is mourning the death of her husband, Kenny (Darryl Scheelar) — and Kenny's ex-wife is lamenting that this pretty young thing is about to inherit her yoga entrepreneur ex's fortune. Jean Bentley,, 3 Mar. 2021 This actress was always destined to be a belle. Alex Apatoff, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2023 Warne, meanwhile, continued posing as a Southern belle, passing on information about the Confederates to her boss. Kellie B. Gormly, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 Southern belle and badass detective-at-large Amanda Rollins will be leaving Law and Order: Special Victims Unit during season 24, after 12 years on the show. Jason P. Frank, Vulture, 24 Aug. 2022 Mikell Sapp and Darrick Mosley play, respectively, a white Southern belle with golf-ball-sized pearls, fan and matching wide-brimmed hat, and a ready-to-please minstrel Black character with oversized white gloves. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 See More

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Word History


French, from feminine of beau beautiful — more at beau

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of belle was in 1622

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Cite this Entry

“Belle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a popular attractive girl or woman

French belle "a beautiful girl," from belle (adjective), feminine form of beau "beautiful," from Latin bellus "pretty" — related to beau, beauty

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