the belle of the ball

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the belle of the ball

The woman who draws the most attention in a certain social situation. Honey, in this beautiful prom gown, you'll be the belle of the ball!
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belle of the ball

the most admired and successful woman on a particular occasion.
The belle of the ball was originally the girl or woman regarded as the most beautiful and popular at a dance.
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belle of the ball, the

The most beautiful or most popular person present. The word belle, for “beautiful woman,” came into English directly from French in the early seventeenth century. After balls and similar grand social occasions became relatively rare, the original meaning—the reigning beauty at a dance—was widened to include the outstanding individual (male or female) at virtually any gathering. Today the term is often used ironically, for someone who would like to be so regarded.
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belle of the ball

The most appealing woman at a dance or another social occasion. “Ball” refers to a formal dance, at which there was usually one female who was the cynosure of all male eyes. At other occasions too—case in point: Scarlett O'Hara at the barbecue at Tara where men fell all over themselves to fetch her a plate of food. Fiddle-dee-dee indeed.
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BELLES OF THE BALL: Donna Ward (left) and Sharon Talbot DRESSED TO IMPRESS: (From left) Ian Stavers, Michelle Bates, Andy Talbot, Michelle Perry, Ryan Mulvany and Naomi Mason WINNER: Group chief executive, Peter Winslow, presents Fusion Coventry award winner, Daljinder Sandhu, with a trophy IT'S ICC TO SEE YOU: (From left) Kim Durden, Philip Parker, Jackie Rapley and Sue Durden SMILES: (from left) Jade Harding, Kim Durden and Gemma Walton BGL
GLAMOUR: Adam Smith and Gemma Madden, above GRAND ENTRANCE: The leavers arrive in a limousine, above, and Sharon Thomas, Fay Todd and Grace Allen make their way inside, below LOOKING GOOD: Ali Beni and Amy Adams look great in their prom gear, above, while Dale Carling looks dashing in white, right, and Kirstie Scotch-Brooke and Victoria Buttery are the belles of the ball, below GOOD TIMES: Andrew Taylor escorts Julie Barrett inside, right, and some of their classmates stop for a photo, below GREAT FRIENDS: Jade Conway and Emma Shepherd, below, and some of the boys, below left