belle

noun
\ 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

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Kin-la-belle, now Kin-la-poubelle, as everyone said. The Economist, "Obituary: Pierre Mambele died on June 8th," 18 July 2019 Kin-la-belle, now Kin-la-poubelle, as everyone said. The Economist, "Obituary: Pierre Mambele died on June 8th," 18 July 2019 Kin-la-belle, now Kin-la-poubelle, as everyone said. The Economist, "Obituary: Pierre Mambele died on June 8th," 19 July 2019 Fortunately, with the help of CW Stockwell’s famous banana leaf motif Martinique, the inimitable Southern belle got just that. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Golden Girls Production Designer Slept with Blanche’s Iconic Bedspread to Keep It from Being Stolen," 9 July 2019 In the '80s sitcom, The Golden Girls house was originally owned by Southern belle Blanche Devereaux. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Here's What Really Happened to 'The Golden Girls' House," 25 June 2019 Bike the Paseo Victorica esplanade past cafés, the Naval Museum, the belle-époque Tigre Art Museum, and local rowing clubs. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "Venice is flooded with tourists—visit these floating cities instead," 16 May 2019 The gala’s honoree and belle of the ball John Waters kicked the night off with a comedic performance centered around gay Americans that had the crowd in stitches. Vogue, "John Waters Was in His Campy Element at Ballroom Marfa's Spring Celebration," 21 May 2019 Last night, Anna was the belle of the ball at accessory designer Yazbukey’s presentation soirée, tapping into the fashion brand’s signature graphic lip iconography in more ways than one inside the Hôtel Bourbon. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Dazzle at a Paris Fashion Week Party, According to Anna Cleveland," 28 Feb. 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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belle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of belle

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

belle

noun
\ ˈbel How to pronounce belle (audio) \

Kids Definition of belle

: an attractive and popular girl or woman

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