Belleryna, noun

Forms:
Belenryna, Bel-en-ry-naShow more Also Belenryna, Bel-en-ry-na, Bell en Ry Na, Beleryna, and with small initial.
Origin:
Afrikaans, EnglishShow more Afrikaans bel en ry na ‘telephone and ride to’, punning on English ballerina.
A woman acting as a telephone contact for national servicemen needing transport between cities under the Ride Safe scheme. Also shortened form Belle.
1979 E. Prov. Herald 3 May 5There were two Bell en Ry Na contacts in Port Elizabeth and three in Uitenhage.
1981 Outeniqualander 25 June 5If you are going on a journey and could give a troopie or soldoedie a lift, please phone the Belerynas. National Servicemen looking for a lift should also phone the Belerynas.
1982 E. Prov. Herald 9 Nov. 1Any belle could be fired without notice. ‘How can that be if this is voluntary work?’
1983 E. Prov. Herald 16 May 9Bellerynas — women who man telephones to organise lifts for national servicemen — from the Eastern Cape will meet in Graaff-Reinet on Saturday to discuss their problems with the national body of the movement.
A woman acting as a telephone contact for national servicemen needing transport between cities under the Ride Safe scheme. Also shortened form Belle.

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