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Meaning of BELFRY

Pronunciation:  'belfree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a room (often at the top of a tower) where bells are hung
  2. [n]  a bell tower; usually stands alone unattached to a building

BELFRY is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: campanile
 See Also: bell tower, room



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bel"fry\, n. [OE. berfray movable tower used in sieges,
OF. berfreit, berfroit, F. beffroi, fr. MHG. bervrit,
bercvrit, G. bergfriede, fr. MHG. bergen to protect (G.
bergen to conceal) + vride peace, protection, G. friede
peace; in compounds often taken in the sense of security, or
place of security; orig. therefore a place affording
security. G. friede is akin to E. free. See {Burg}, and
1. (Mil. Antiq.) A movable tower erected by besiegers for
   purposes of attack and defense.

2. A bell tower, usually attached to a church or other
   building, but sometimes separate; a campanile.

3. A room in a tower in which a bell is or may be hung; or a
   cupola or turret for the same purpose.

4. (Naut.) The framing on which a bell is suspended.

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