cam·pa·ni·le | \ˌkam-pə-ˈnē-lē, ˌkäm-, -(ˌ)lā, especially of US structures also -ˈnēl \
plural campaniles or campanili\-ˈnē-lē \

Definition of campanile 

: a usually freestanding bell tower

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Nearby, don’t miss: Alghero, a picture-perfect medley of medieval sandstone palaces, colorful campaniles, and seaside promenades directly above the crashing Mediterranean sea. Eliot Stein, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Tour of the Nuraghi, Sardinia's Bronze-Age Mysteries," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of campanile

1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for campanile

Italian, from campana bell, from Late Latin

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The first known use of campanile was in 1640

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English Language Learners Definition of campanile

: a tall tower with a bell in it

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