bell tower


Definition of bell tower

: a tower that supports or shelters a bell

Examples of bell tower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The initial quake severely cracked the bell tower of the island’s old limestone church, the 19th-century Santa Maria de Mayan, a popular tourist attraction. Jim Gomez,, "8 dead, 60 hurt as quakes shake northern Philippine isles," 27 July 2019 What's thought to be the old bell is now housed in a new bell tower at the elementary's entrance. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Guadalupe's Frank Elementary School elementary rings in a new year with historic bell," 5 Aug. 2019 Every building on the main street, the corso, was leveled by the 2016 earthquake, save a single forlorn and orphaned bell tower from the church of Sant’Emidio. New York Times, "Hunting for the Real Pasta all’Amatriciana," 31 July 2019 There’s a tour of the bell tower the second and fourth Wednesday of the month during the summer months. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Visit Milwaukee and Wisconsin this summer, before the world does in 2020," 14 July 2019 In the city of Lausanne, near the French border, a watchman climbs to the top of a cathedral’s bell tower to call out the time every hour. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Thousands of Swiss women walked out of their jobs to protest inequality," 14 June 2019 Both churches have a symmetrical facade, adorned with columns and twin bell towers. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Five Wounds Church in San Jose turning 100 years old," 6 July 2019 Seeing him swing from ancient bell towers instead of Manhattan skyscrapers is weirdly thrilling. Mark Kennedy, The Know, "Movie review: “Spider-Man” swings again with a successful sequel," 2 July 2019 An elevator through its bell tower leads to an open-air observation deck, where visitors can see houses and lanes stretch out to meet the azure waters of the Norwegian Sea. Rumela Basu, National Geographic, "Iceland’s tallest church was inspired by volcanoes," 27 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bell tower.' 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 bell tower

1596, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bell tower

Statistics for bell tower

Last Updated

26 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bell tower

The first known use of bell tower was in 1596

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on bell tower

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bell tower Encyclopedia article about bell tower

Comments on bell tower

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


to fake an opponent out of position

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?


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!