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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One of the items that everybody likes right now is the Ring doorbell —they’ve even got it at Costco. Diane Cowen, San Antonio Express-News, "Home security is more affordable — and better —than ever," 12 July 2018 Fralic headed First Round investments in eyeglass retailer Warby Parker, video-doorbell Internet of Things developer Ring (which includes Michael Harris’ former Zonoff engineering team in Malvern,) and gaming firm Roblox, among others. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Fralic steps down at VC leader First Round," 11 July 2018 Spikes was labeled a 'doorbell bandit' by the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Alleged 'doorbell bandit' hospitalized after new attempted burglary while out on bond," 5 July 2018 The plan was going great until her husband received the doorbell notification on his phone. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Adorable Amazon Deliveryman Helps Wife Hide Packages from Husband," 7 June 2018 The killer rang the doorbell to draw her to the door. Adam Carlson,, "Hitman Freed 31 Years After Shooting Millionaire's Estranged Wife in Her Doorway in Murder-for-Hire," 28 May 2018 Police say Zeigler’s doorbell had a surveillance camera attached and the whole incident was caught on video. Paula Rogo,, "White Homeowner Almost Kills Black Teen Who Knocked On His Door To Ask For Directions," 14 Apr. 2018 Same goes for that new home alarm system with the camera in the doorbell. Anchorage Daily News, "‘I’m authentically sorry for the Facebook unpleasantness. Well, kinda, sorta sorry’," 27 Mar. 2018 The errant fireworks display destroyed a large bush, melted porch lights and a doorbell, cracked a window, and ruined the exterior overhang above the door. Astrid Rodrigues,, "Fireworks ignite Pennsylvania neighbor's front door," 5 July 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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