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

Definition of campanile

: a usually freestanding bell tower

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Automobili Pagani had moved to more splendid digs in San Cesario Sul Panaro that include a factory floor styled after a piazza, with street lamps and a campanile. Dan Neil, WSJ, "How Horacio Pagani Designs Multimillion-Dollar Hypercars by Hand," 23 Aug. 2018 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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English Language Learners Definition of campanile

: a tall tower with a bell in it

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