Definition of campanile in English:


Syllabification: cam·pa·ni·le
Pronunciation: /ˌkampəˈnēlē, -ˈnēl


  • An Italian bell tower, especially a freestanding one.
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    • The entrance is marked by several external features including a silver cross, and a campanile with exposed bells - the tower marking out both the church to the south and the community centre to the north.
    • In a clearing in the forested slopes of the Seetaler Alps in Styria there is a most graceful tower - a campanile.
    • The campanile is a one-hundred-sixty-foot-tall bell tower with exposed concrete walls.


mid 17th century: from Italian, from campana 'bell'.

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