Maurice as a boy's name is pronounced maw-REESE. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Maurice is "dark-skinned, Moorish".
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This is Belle’s father in “Beauty and the Beast.” A sweet-natured, devoted dad who’s raising his daughter on his own, Maurice is an eccentric inventor who gets lost in the woods on his way to a fair, where he was going to present his latest creation. He ends up at the home of the Beast and thrown in the castle’s prison. Belle bravely and lovingly offers to change places with him. The Beast is interested in that deal—her father, not so much.
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