Meaning of “belle” in the English Dictionary

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"belle" in English

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bellenoun [ C ]

uk /bel/ us /bel/ old-fashioned

Examples from literature

  • About these young belles gathered the densest throng of all the crowd. 
  • No belle ever kept her clothes in better order than these were. 
  • Philippa was, as heretofore, the belle, looking more than usually lovely in a light gossamer dress of white and pink. 
  • The fashionable belles and beauties were not even aware of her existence, being too entirely absorbed in their yearly husband-hunt to think of any one but themselves and their prey. 
  • You'll be the belle of the ball, Virginia. 

(Definition of “belle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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