belle
noun Etymology: French, from feminine of beau beautiful — more at beau Date: 1622 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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  • belle — → 1. beau ● belle nom féminin Familier. Jeune femme, jeune fille, en particulier la femme aimée. Partie décisive qui désigne le vainqueur, lorsque des joueurs ont gagné un nombre égal de parties. ● belle (expressions) nom féminin Belle de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Belle — may refer to: * Southern belle, a refined woman (from the French belle , beautiful ) ** Southern Belle (KCS), a passenger train operated by the Kansas City Southern Railway ** Southern Belle (LBSC), a passenger train operated by the London,… …   Wikipedia

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  • Belle — Belle, WV U.S. town in West Virginia Population (2000): 1259 Housing Units (2000): 647 Land area (2000): 0.712822 sq. miles (1.846200 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.073772 sq. miles (0.191068 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.786594 sq. miles (2.037268… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Belle — (b[e^]l), n. [F. belle, fem. of bel, beau, beautiful, fine. See {Beau}.] A young lady of superior beauty and attractions; a handsome lady, or one who attracts notice in society; a fair lady. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Belle — f English: variant of BELLA (SEE Bella), reflecting the French feminine adjective belle beautiful …   First names dictionary

  • belle — [bel] n old fashioned [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: , from the feminine form of beau; BEAU] a beautiful girl or woman the belle of the ball (=the most beautiful girl at a dance or party) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • belle — [ bel ] noun count OLD FASHIONED a very beautiful girl or woman the belle of the ball the most beautiful woman at a dance or other event …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • belle — (n.) beautiful woman well dressed; reigning beauty, 1620s, from Fr. belle, from O.Fr. bele, from L. bella, fem. of bellus beautiful, fair (see BENE (Cf. bene )) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Belle — [bel] n. [Fr: see BELLE] a feminine name …   English World dictionary

  • belle — [bel] n. [Fr, fem. of beau: see BEAU] a pretty woman or girl; often, one who is the prettiest or most popular [the belle of the ball] …   English World dictionary

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