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PronouncedPron.be-a-TREE-che Italian
BEE-ə-tris English
BEET-ris English
BE-ah-trees Swedish
be-ah-TREES Swedish

Meaning & History

Italian form of BEATRIX. Beatrice Portinari (1266-1290) was the woman who was loved by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. She serves as Dante's guide through paradise in his epic poem the 'Divine Comedy' (1321). This is also the name of a character in Shakespeare's comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing' (1599), in which Beatrice and Benedick are fooled into confessing their love for one another.
DiminutiveBice Italian
Other Languages & CulturesBeatriu Catalan Beatrix Dutch Béatrice French Beatrix German Beatrix Hungarian Beatrix, Viatrix Late Roman Beatrise Latvian Beatrycze Polish Beatriz, Bia Portuguese Beitris Scottish Beatriz Spanish Betrys Welsh
Same SpellingBéatrice


Beatrice and Virgil, in a Gustave Doré illustration (1857) from the Divine ComedyBeatrice and Virgil, in a Gustave Doré illustration (1857) from the Divine Comedy


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute