Pronunciation: (bē'u-tris, bē'tris for 1, 3; bē-a'tris for 2; for 1, 3 also It. be"ä-trē'che), [key]
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. 12,891.
3. a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “one who brings joy.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.