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 Consider the Ring video doorbell, which has completely revitalized an industry that had not seen innovation in decades. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 On March 12, an unfamiliar man rang Flaten’s doorbell to alert him about his money, only for Flaten to discover the 500 pounds of pennies at the end of his driveway along with a pay stub and an envelope with an expletive scrawled on it. Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2022 Outdoor security cameras, whether mounted near your entryway or built into your doorbell ($42, Amazon), are a helpful tool for preventing package theft. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Dec. 2021 Investigators have asked residents in the surrounding area to help them by providing doorbell or security camera footage from early Wednesday morning. Chris Harris,, 16 June 2022 Other cameras — from the officer’s vehicle, a nearby doorbell security system and a bystander’s cellphone — capture different portions of the encounter. New York Times, 9 June 2022 Rebecca Sims — who answered the doorbell holding her chihuahua Zeus — said no. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 June 2022 The day after the group’s Web site went live, Wahl’s doorbell chimed. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 2022 Isaac and Nigel's finale moment was cut short by the ring of a doorbell by another breakthrough: Sam and Jay welcomed their first bed and breakfast guests after many setbacks. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of doorbell

1807, in the meaning defined above

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1 Jul 2022

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“Doorbell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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