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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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 In Oswald, Paine is trotted out as a blond, apple-pie-baking Southern belle with a thick Texas accent. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "In searching for the next ‘Hamilton,’ the makers of the musical ‘Oswald’ traverse the JFK minefield," 23 Aug. 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," 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

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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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