beatrice


beatrice

noun

  1. (in Dante’s Vita Nuova and Divine Comedy) a symbolic figure developed from the person whom Dante first saw as a child and loved as an ideal of womanhood.
  2. a city in SE Nebraska.
  3. a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “one who brings joy.”

fem. proper name, from French Béatrice, from Latin beatrix, fem. of beatricem “who makes happy,” from beatus “happy” (see beatitude).

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