\ ˈbel How to pronounce bel (audio) \

Definition of bel

: ten decibels

Examples of bel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

In 2016, 124,000 Italians between the ages of 18 and 34 left the bel paese, roughly 2 percent of the population in that cohort. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Italy’s Berlusconi makes his return," 2 Mar. 2018 And, as in summers past, this was a chance to hear a significant bel canto opera that remains an offshoot of the repertory. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: A Soaring Soprano Helps Bel Canto at Caramoor Say Farewell," 9 July 2017 There was hardly any Puccini, there was hardly any bel canto and no verismo. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "Conductor Riccardo Chailly to celebrate 40 years at La Scala," 31 May 2017 BEL AIR, Md. — A deputy’s nearly fatal overdose while investigating a drug scene recently underscores the dangers faced by those fighting the U.S. drug epidemic. Washington Post, "In opioid crisis, a new risk for police: accidental overdose," 27 May 2017 BEL-AIR: A Cold War-era bomb shelter (now a wine cellar) is among holdovers of this single-story home, built in 1949 for actor-producer Alan Ladd. Neal J. Leitereg,, "What $20 million buys in three of L.A. County’s priciest ZIP Codes," 25 May 2017 The German soprano Diana Damrau, a house favorite, shares the stage with the tenor Javier Camarena, an assured bel-canto stylist who has the taste and technique to leave a lasting impression as well. The New Yorker, "The Met: “I Puritani”," 14 Feb. 2017 And as Arturo, the man Elvira loves to distraction, a member of the Royalists, who opposed the Puritans in the English Civil War, Mr. Camarena again proved to be the leading bel canto tenor of the day. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: A Tenor and a Soprano Make ‘I Puritani’ Gleam at the Met," 12 Feb. 2017 The score features the brilliant patter numbers that distinguish bel canto writing. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "Bojan Knezevic stars in Donizetti’s ‘Don Pasquale’ for Island City Opera," 16 Jan. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of bel

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bel

Alexander Graham Bell

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bel

Dictionary Entries near bel








Statistics for bel

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bel

The first known use of bel was in 1929

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bel


\ ˈbel How to pronounce bel (audio) \

Medical Definition of bel

: ten decibels abbreviation b

More from Merriam-Webster on bel

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bel Encyclopedia article about bel

Comments on bel

What made you want to look up bel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


suitable to be imparted to the public

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!