English - Proper Noun
A diminutive of theÂ female given name Elizabeth
- 1595 William Shakespeare: Third Part of King Henry the Sixth: Act V, Scene VI:
1981 William Wharton, Dad, Knopf, ISBN 0394510976, page 293:
- "Jack, couldn't you call me Bette again? You know how much I hate Bess. I don't know what's happened; you've been calling me Bette since we came to California and now, suddenly, you're calling me Bess."
- There's a long silence. Dad's still up on his knees; I'm driving along Sepulveda Boulevard toward Olympic.
- "Well, Bette, I married you as Bess and I've always liked that name. It's a name you don't hear very often; it's a strong name like you. Every time I call you Bette I'm afraid somebody else might answer."
English - Pronunciation
- enPR: bÄs, IPA(key): /bÉs/
- Rhymes: -És