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


southern belle

BrE BrE//ˌsʌðən ˈbel//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsʌðərn ˈbel//
(old-fashioned, North American English) Attractiveness, Female attractiveness
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a young attractive woman from the southern US See related entries: Attractiveness, Female attractiveness Culture The term was used especially in the 19th century when it also meant a young woman who belonged to one of the best families. Scarlett O'Hara was a famous southern belle in literature.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: southern belle