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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BELFRY

Ere Sophie came back to me, there was a bell-stroke from the belfry.

That is not a belfry: it is a chimney, the bakehouse chimney.

At that moment eleven o'clock sounded from the belfry of Rocreuse.

Jarvis wouldn't say that; but he didn't deny that there might have been a few cobwebs in the belfry.

On examining the belfry, it was discovered that some persons had carried off the clapper of the bell.

The ringing-floor is on the next stage, and the belfry is the floor above.

The other tower, which is on the north, is called the belfry.

One would have said that there was no longer a musician in the belfry.

She knew where the rope hung which pulled the bell in the belfry.

Those in front also saw and bombarded the belfry with shot and pistol ball.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "siege tower" (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin with a sense "bell tower"), from Old North French berfroi "movable siege tower" (Modern French beffroi), from Middle High German bercfrit "protecting shelter," literally "that which watches over peace," from bergen "to protect" (see bury) + frid "peace." Originally a wooden siege tower on wheels ("free" to move); it came to be used for chime towers (mid-15c.), which at first often were detached from church buildings (as the Campanile on Plaza San Marco in Venice). Spelling altered by dissimilation or by association with bell (n.).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BELFRY

bell tower

nountower containing bell
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