noun (plural belfries)
1A bell tower or steeple housing bells, especially one that is part of a church.
- 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.
1.1A space for hanging bells in a church tower.
- Grass is growing from gutters and belfry, and windows need to be replaced.
- Specialists cleaned the clock face and belfry, repaired Suffolk bricks and replaced the low-level roof.
- The tower featured a belfry and observatory, topped with a cupola and a golden statue of an angel flying in a horizontal position!
bats in the (or one's) belfry
- see bat2.
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