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- A variant of Betty, a diminutive of the female given name Elizabeth.
- 1981, William Wharton, Dad, Knopf, →ISBN, 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."
Bette n (mixed, genitive Bettes, plural Betten)
- (now colloquial, regional, eastern Germany, otherwise obsolete) alternative form of Bett
Declension of Bette [neuter, mixed]
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