door·​bell | \ ˈdȯr-ˌbel How to pronounce doorbell (audio) \

Definition of doorbell

: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Amazon has partnerships with over 400 police departments, who use the footage from its Ring doorbell cameras to keep watch on neighborhoods. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The WIRED Guide to the Internet of Things," 10 Feb. 2020 USA TODAY Amazon has reportedly fired an employee for breaking company policy by sharing private customer data with a third party on the heels of another privacy scandal involving its Ring doorbell cameras. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Attention Amazon shoppers: E-retailer reportedly fires staffer for sharing customer data," 14 Jan. 2020 Pairing a smart display with a smart doorbell is a good idea. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Buy a smart doorbell, get a free smart display at Best Buy," 23 Sep. 2019 One of the boys rang his doorbell and darted back into the group's Toyota Prius, the office said. Stella Chan And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "The suspect who killed 3 teens drove into them after they 'ding-dong ditched' his home, district attorney's office says," 24 Jan. 2020 Watching in landscape, the scene proceeds like a traditional thriller when the stranger rings her Nest doorbell; flip to portrait, however, and your phone screen becomes the screen of the character's own phone. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "CES: New Quibi streaming service to give bite-size shows from J.Lo, Spielberg and The Rock," 8 Jan. 2020 About four hours later, she was awakened by her doorbell., "Dayton mayor reflects on turbulent year of shooting, tornadoes," 27 Dec. 2019 Through investigation officers learned from a resident, that just before officers arrived, a black male had exited the truck and had rang their doorbell. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 23 Dec. 2019 The bomb was found outside a woman’s doorstep on the 3700 block of W. Bottsford Ave. at 10:46 p.m. after someone rang her doorbell, according to dispatch records at the Greenfield Police Department. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A homemade bomb was found outside a Greenfield home, police say," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of doorbell

1807, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of doorbell was in 1807

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13 Feb 2020

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“Doorbell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of doorbell

: a bell inside a house or building that is rung usually by pushing a button beside an outside door


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Kids Definition of doorbell

: a bell that is rung usually by pushing a button beside an outside door

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