belfry
Pronunciation
  • enPR: bĕlʹfrē, IPA: /ˈbɛlfɹi/
Noun

belfry (plural belfries)

  1. (obsolete) A movable tower used in sieges.
  2. (dialectal) A shed.
  3. (obsolete) An alarm-tower; a watchtower containing an alarm-bell.
  4. (architecture) A tower or steeple specifically for containing bells, especially as part of a church.
  5. (architecture) A part of a large tower or steeple, specifically for containing bells.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630 ↗; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483 ↗:
      Episode 12, The Cyclops
      From the belfries far and near the funereal deathbell tolled unceasingly while all around the gloomy precincts rolled the ominous warning of a hundred muffled drums punctuated by the hollow booming of pieces of ordnance.
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