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 The doorbell rings, and Diggs finds a number of DoorDash couriers outside. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Here Are All the 2021 Super Bowl Ads Featuring Musicians," 4 Feb. 2021 Betty and Jughead are enjoying their cult-ending victory for a moment, but since the residents of Riverdale can know no peace, the doorbell rings and Jughead opens it to find a video tape. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Prep For the "Riverdale" Season 5 Premiere With This Reminder of What Went Down in Season 4," 20 Jan. 2021 In our testing, our phone pinged with alerts about deliveries, cars entering our driveway, and people ringing the doorbell, of course. The Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Gear of the Year: The Best Products We Tested in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Sheila Campbell, 88, was surprised and delighted when Harkavy rang her doorbell. Washington Post, "Antidote to loneliness, on a black plastic tray: Free turkey dinners for seniors," 25 Nov. 2020 The victim did have a security doorbell that does not cover that area of driveway, but may have captured something that may be beneficial in the theft. cleveland, "Police urge importance of locking cars, removing valuables: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter," 24 Dec. 2020 Arlo Video Doorbell smart video doorbell for $99.99 at Amazon and Best Buy (normally $135). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The Apple Watch Series 6 is $60 off at Amazon today," 22 Dec. 2020 Take a Daytrip, the melodic ding-dongs in the background warp like a doorbell with a battery that’s almost dead. Washington Post, "Rico Nasty will show you what mischief sounds like," 10 Dec. 2020 The person then ripped the Ring doorbell from the wall and kicked the front door attempting to gain access to the residence. Kaitlin Edquist,, "Blotter: Employee struck in head with liquor bottle during theft in Glenview," 7 Dec. 2020

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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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19 Feb 2021

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“Doorbell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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


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

Kids Definition of doorbell

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

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