noun bel·fry \ˈbel-frē\

: a tower or part of a tower where a bell or set of bells hangs

plural belfries

Full Definition of BELFRY

:  a bell tower; especially :  one surmounting or attached to another structure
:  a room or framework for enclosing a bell
:  head 2a <batty in the belfry>

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Origin of BELFRY

Middle English belfrey, berfrey, bell tower, siege tower, from Anglo-French *berfrei, *belfrei, of Germanic origin (akin to Middle High German bërvrit siege tower); akin to Old High German bergan to shelter and to Old English frith peace, refuge — more at bury
First Known Use: 15th century
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noun bel·fry \ˈbel-frē\
plural belfries

Definition of BELFRY for Kids

:  a tower or room in a tower for a bell or set of bells


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