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belfry Line breaks: bel¦fry
Pronunciation: /ˈbɛlfri/

Definition of belfry in English:

noun (plural belfries)

1The part of a bell tower or steeple in which bells are housed.
Example sentences
  • Constant ringing for 230 years had taken its toll on the belfry and bells.
  • I entered this gigantic granite jewel, which is as light in its effect as a bit of lace and is covered with towers, with slender belfries to which spiral staircases ascend.
  • I imagined we would be going to some creepy old house with bats in the belfry and stone gremlins on the gateposts.
1.1A bell tower or steeple housing bells.
Example sentences
  • The palace chapel had porcelain bells in the wooden belfry and large porcelain figures of the apostles.
  • The belfry and short spire were added about 1200.
  • The last rang in my ears like a bell's dying toll from a belfry.


Middle English berfrey, from Old French berfrei, later belfrei, of West Germanic origin. The change in the first syllable was due to association with bell1.

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