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

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 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

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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


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Kids Definition of doorbell

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

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