Definition of belle in English:



  • A beautiful girl or woman, especially the most beautiful at a particular event.

    ‘the belle of the ball’
    • ‘She goes from being a Southern belle, who's never been able to do anything practical, to someone who learns to survive under the most terrible circumstances of war and deprivation.’
    • ‘Wedding belles: Wedding dresses and summer blossom were the order of the day in the village this week as some people have two weddings to attend in one weekend.’
    • ‘As I sat and watched in quiet awe, she continued to move with the grace of a southern belle.’
    • ‘Certainly not more beautiful than most of the southern belles that could be found in South Carolina, she was still passable, with blonde hair and dark green eyes.’
    • ‘Sumptuous buildings rise up from the wooded hillsides, the four-storey mansions are festooned with shapely balconies and are as curvaceous as an Edwardian belle.’
    • ‘Businessmen adjusted their ties, women applied makeup, and young belles toyed with their locks.’
    • ‘There was also a southern belle there with what I presumed was her mother.’
    • ‘Her fledgling company conjures up headpieces known as ‘fascinators’ - a cross between a hat and a hair accessory - which are proving a hit with mothers of the bride and wedding belles on both sides of the Atlantic.’
    • ‘Twelve seaside belles are risking blushes to raise vital cash for two good causes.’
    • ‘As a girl, she did everything she was supposed to do: she was a Southern belle who married a dapper genius once he became rich enough to keep her.’
    • ‘The southern belle is forced to leave her home town in Mississippi following the loss of her family estate to creditors.’
    • ‘The terrible twosome came unstuck after subjecting an innocent group of southern belles to a tirade of verbal abuse in the town centre.’
    • ‘Saratoga may have been filled with beautiful belles, he acknowledges - but his own eldest daughter was ‘the loveliest of them all.’’
    • ‘Look at Teri for example, beautiful in her prime but now, no longer a belle.’
    • ‘In a tribute to these stunning stars, I have chosen to profile some of the most beautiful Hollywood belles of all time.’
    • ‘You could doll her up - and Hollywood did - all you wanted, and she'd be the prettiest belle at the ball.’
    • ‘You don't want to be the only belle at the ball dressed like Cinderella.’
    • ‘I heard that the Captain had two southern belles for daughters, but what they did not tell me was that they would be witty as well.’
    • ‘Was it still the time of those opulent balls and of southern belles like Scarlett flirting with everyone?’
    • ‘I am so excited because I'm talking to one of the great southern belles from Georgia.’
    beauty, beautiful woman, dream, vision, picture, pin-up, goddess, venus, siren, charmer, enchantress, seductress
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Early 17th century: from French, feminine of beau, from Latin bella, feminine of bellus ‘beautiful’.