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belfry

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noun bel·fry \ˈbel-frē\

Simple Definition of belfry

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

Full Definition of belfry

plural belfries

  1. 1 :  a bell tower; especially :  one surmounting or attached to another structure

  2. 2 :  a room or framework for enclosing a bell

  3. 3 :  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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