Share this entry

Share this page

bellman

Syllabification: bell·man
Pronunciation: /ˈbelmən
 
/

Definition of bellman in English:

noun (plural bellmen)

1 another term for bellhop.
Example sentences
  • At check-in and check-out, the valet, doorman and bellman all line up for tips.
  • A hotel strike would present a different kind of challenge because most residents never check into a local hotel and have none of the connection to housekeepers or bellmen at local establishments that they have with supermarket workers.
  • A couple of bellmen were struggling with several huge metal cases, trying to fit them into an already full Land Rover.
2 historical A town crier.
Example sentences
  • The Professor observes that the Romans and the Elizabethans ‘read the time by day by sundial’ and ‘heard the time by night through the watchmen's cries or tolling of the bellman on the hour’.
  • In 1841 the Mayor of Appleby gave notice by the bellman that ALL dogs found at large would be destroyed.
  • The town bellman read a celebratory poem and schoolchildren lined up to take part in the traditional dances.

Definition of bellman in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pərt
adjective
lively; cheerful