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.

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Plenty of smart thermostats, security cameras, and doorbells will also be discounted. Emily Heller, Curbed, "Black Friday 2018: Best home tech deals to watch for," 24 Nov. 2018 The men scooped her up and rang James and Gloria Cooper's doorbell. Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, "He found a baby 36 years ago on a cold, snowy KC porch. Now he wants to find her again | The Kansas City Star," 25 May 2018 What happened first — your thought about the doorbell or its actual ringing? Adam Bear, Washington Post, "You think you’re clairvoyant, but your brain is just tricking you," 6 Mar. 2018 Incredible footage captured on a doorbell camera shows a fireball flashing through the night sky in Missouri. James Rogers, Fox News, "Doorbell camera captures fireball flashing through the sky in Missouri," 28 Aug. 2018 Even as Amazon's robot doorbell spills your secrets to strangers, the Everything Store is still experimenting with ways to convince you to trust delivery people to walk into parts of your home. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Tech Companies Shouldn't Make Us Trust Them, At All," 11 Jan. 2019 Sign-up This might seem a mere annoyance for a networked doorbell or speaker, but when an IoB device is involved the consequences could be much more serious. Andrea M. Matwyshyn, WSJ, "The ‘Internet of Bodies’ Is Here. Are Courts and Regulators Ready?," 12 Nov. 2018 Some smart home devices integrate even further with Alexa and the Echo Show in particular, like the Ring smart doorbell (made by a company that Amazon recently purchased). Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Echo Show 2018 review: Seeing is believing, and there’s a lot more to see," 8 Oct. 2018 Alexa users can now talk to their car, their TV, their doorbell and even their microwave. David Pierce, WSJ, "Google Unveils New Hardware, Including a Tablet-Laptop Hybrid and a Tabletop Smart Display," 9 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 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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