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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The setup is so easy that my mom was able to unbox and set up her own Ring doorbell. Dallas News, "The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery works with no wires at all," 27 June 2019 Plus, the doorbell cam pairs with other August home security devices. Jackson Langland, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Doorbell Cameras for Keeping an Eye On Things," 25 Apr. 2019 Ring’s cheapest two smart doorbells are battery powered, lasting for a quoted six months to a year. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Nest doesn’t make a battery-powered doorbell, so now Google sells a power cable that needs to be drilled through the wall," 5 June 2019 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

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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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