English edit

Etymology edit

From French belle (beautiful), from Latin bella.

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belle (plural belles)

  1. An attractive woman.
    In her new dress she felt like the belle of the ball.
  2. (dated) A fellow gay man.[1]

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References edit

  • belle”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
  1. ^ A. F. Niemoeller, "A Glossary of Homosexual Slang," Fact 2, no. 1 (Jan-Feb 1965): 25

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belle

  1. (dated or formal) singular present subjunctive of bellen

French edit

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belle

  1. feminine singular of beau

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  • English: belle
  • English: Belle

Noun edit

belle f (plural belles)

  1. beautiful woman, belle, beauty
  2. (Louisiana) girlfriend

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(girlfriend):

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belle

  1. inflection of bellen:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. first/third-person singular subjunctive I
    3. singular imperative

Interlingua edit

Adjective edit

belle (comparative plus belle, superlative le plus belle)

  1. beautiful

Italian edit

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belle

  1. feminine plural of bello

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belle f

  1. plural of bella

Latin edit

Etymology edit

From bellus (pretty, handsome).

Adverb edit

bellē (comparative bellius, superlative bellissimē)

  1. well, neatly, perfectly
  2. prettily, delightfully

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References edit

  • belle”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • belle”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • belle in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • belle in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette

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  • (file)

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belle

  1. feminine singular of bieau
  2. feminine singular of biau

Old English edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-West Germanic *bellā, from Proto-Germanic *bellǭ.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbel.le/, [ˈbeɫ.ɫe]

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belle f

  1. bell
    bellan hringan
    to ring a bell
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, "St. Benedict, Abbot"
      Se dēofol wearp ānne stān tō þǣre bellan þæt hēo eall tōsprang.
      The Devil threw a rock at the bell so it broke into pieces.

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belle

  1. second-person singular imperative of bellemek