door·​bell ˈdȯr-ˌbel How to pronounce doorbell (audio)
: a bell or set of chimes to be rung usually by a push button at an outer door

Examples of doorbell in a Sentence

We rang the doorbell until someone came to let us in.
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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of doorbell was in 1807

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“Doorbell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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door·​bell -ˌbel How to pronounce doorbell (audio)
: a bell, gong, or set of chimes to be rung usually by a push button at an outside door

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