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Pronounced Pron. BEL-və-deer
Other Forms FormsBellvedere
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Contributor Contrib.James Cox on 11/23/2006
Means "a fair sight" from Italian bello "beautiful" and vedere "a view, sight". It first appears as a given name in United States historical records (for both Northern and Southern states) in the early 19th century — along with its feminine variant, Belva. It was used by American cartoonist George Webster Crenshaw in his comic strip 'Belvedere', which ran from 1962 to 1995, where it belongs to a male hound dog.