Adjective "belle" definition and examples

(Belle may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/bɛl/

Definitions and examples

noun

A beautiful girl or woman, especially the most beautiful at a particular event.
  1. '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.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'The terrible twosome came unstuck after subjecting an innocent group of southern belles to a tirade of verbal abuse in the town centre.'
  4. 'You don't want to be the only belle at the ball dressed like Cinderella.'
  5. 'There was also a southern belle there with what I presumed was her mother.'
  6. '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.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'The southern belle is forced to leave her home town in Mississippi following the loss of her family estate to creditors.'
  9. 'Was it still the time of those opulent balls and of southern belles like Scarlett flirting with everyone?'
  10. 'You could doll her up - and Hollywood did - all you wanted, and she'd be the prettiest belle at the ball.'

More definitions

1. a woman or girl admired for her beauty and charm.

2. the most beautiful, charming, or engaging woman or girl among a number: the belle of the ball.

More examples(as adjective)

"desperates can be belle."

Origin

Early 17th century: from French, feminine of beau, from Latin bella, feminine of bellus ‘beautiful’.