door·​bell | \ ˈdȯr-ˌbel \

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.

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At the end of last summer, their retirement idyll was interrupted when a small, frightened girl wrapped in a fleece blanket rang their doorbell at 1:30 in the morning. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Two White Moms. Six Black Kids. One Unthinkable Tragedy. A Look Inside the ‘Perfect’ Hart Family," 6 Sep. 2018 Amazon's newest patent application paints a pretty disturbing picture for the future of doorbells. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Continues to Patent Facial Recognition Technologies—And Is Facing Pressure From All Sides," 13 Dec. 2018 Police in one city team with Amazon to set up doorbell cameras and decoy packages to catch porch pirates. David Porter, The Seattle Times, "Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves," 12 Dec. 2018 In January 2015, a representative from WideOpenWest, the sixth-largest cable company in the US with about 750,000 broadband subscribers, rang the doorbell. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Negotiating with ISPs: Don’t accept broadband price hikes without a fight," 9 Nov. 2018 If someone rings your Next camera doorbell, your phone will show a camera feed. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Pixel 3 hands-on—Not the best first impression," 10 Oct. 2018 After the doorbell is clipped in, then comes time to install the chime connector. Florence Ion, The Verge, "Nest Hello and Yale lock review: a smart entrance," 3 May 2018 Press the glowing doorbell, lift the brass knocker, tap the aluminum screen door. Sara Eckel, Longreads, "Diary of a Do-Gooder," 19 Jan. 2018 Door-to-door canvassing entails ringing doorbells to speak with voters, either to campaign for a specific candidate or voter measure or to help people make a plan to get to the polls on election day. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "10 Things You Should Know About Door-to-Door Political Canvassing," 31 Oct. 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of doorbell

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

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