Definition of belle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//bel//
; NAmE NAmE//bel//
(old-fashioned) Attractiveness, Female attractiveness
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a beautiful woman; the most beautiful woman in a particular place You were the belle of the ball (= the most beautiful woman at a party, etc.). a dainty Southern beach belle from Virginia See related entries: Attractiveness, Female attractiveness Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French, feminine of beau, from Latin bella, feminine of bellus ‘beautiful’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: belle