Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A popular, attractive girl or woman, especially the most attractive one of a group: the belle of the ball.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An attractive woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young lady of superior beauty and attractions; a handsome lady, or one who attracts notice in society; a fair lady.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • ⟨Beautiful; charming; fair.
  • Good entertainment; good cheer.
  • n. A fair lady; a handsome woman of society; a recognized or reigning beauty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivals

Etymologies

French, beautiful, belle, from Latin bella, feminine of bellus; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French belle ("beautiful"), from Latin bella. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Louisa Castlefort, _si belle, si belle_, so beautifully dressed!"

    Tales and Novels — Volume 10

  • Though, fair demoiselles, I have been chosen the belle, I feel as I gaze upon the galaxy of beauty around me that I, "she added in gay tones," have no occasion to blush at my own loveliness, for I feel that the gods have been so lavish in their gifts of everything that is lovely that they have surely become bankrupt and have kept no charms for me, and that Monsieur Eau Clair must have looked at my poor graces through rose-coloured spectacles when he called me _la belle_ and made me the recipient of gifts fit for a queen.

    A Heart-Song of To-day

  • Sharon Lawrence as the fading southern belle is great.

    Channel Surfing | the TV addict

  • I chose it to serve as a first qualifier of the period label belle époque.

    Not-So-Belle Époque

  • "Oh, yes; you are Kaolin's sister -- her they call the belle of the tribe; your name's Nacena."

    Gaspar the Gaucho A Story of the Gran Chaco

  • In a typical moment, Blanche, the vain Southern belle played by Rue McClanahan, preens, "One thing I know for sure, I have not lost my hourglass figure."

    Slate Magazine

  • The period at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century is often termed the belle époque for France.

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  • THIS CAN BE THEY ONLY LOOK LIKE GOOD FRIENDS:) Camille belle is not for my robert ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! someone March 22nd, 2009 at 7: 40 pm edit ill camilla is ugly!

    Hollywood Dame » Blog Archive » robert-pattinson-and-camilla-belle-41

  • Why Jennifer made the list: They say everything is bigger in Texas, and judging by this southern belle, that is the truth!

    The 50 Hottest Women of Sports

  • She was not called the belle of the evening, but belle of the season.

    Never Bored - A Dress A Day

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  • Belle, by Jack Johnson

    February 9, 2008

  • In square dancing, the dancer in the right-hand position, relative to his (or her) partner. See beau

    February 6, 2008