silver bell

noun

: any of a genus (Halesia) of deciduous trees and shrubs of the storax family
especially : one (H. carolina) of the southeastern U.S. cultivated for its bell-shaped white flowers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The unexpected moment preceded the performance of taps on bugle by Murray Gordon of Evanston, the ceremonial ringing of the silver bell and the tone out, signifying a radioed moment of honorarium. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 Standing with them are their 7-year-old twins, Prince Jacques (who holds a silver bell) and Princess Gabriella (holding a gold ornament). Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 21 Dec. 2021 Following the recitation of each name, Petty Officer 2nd Class Devin Harshman rang a loud silver bell positioned on a table at the side of the stage. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 11 Sep. 2021 Firefighters pinged a silver bell to mark the precise times when planes crashed and skyscrapers fell and smoke smudged a perfect azure sky. Mike Kelly, USA TODAY, 11 Sep. 2021 Evergreens, silver bells, hot chocolate and a bit of humor combine for the perfect event to bring in the spirit of the holidays. Judy Morley, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 4 Dec. 2019 Many of the other seamstresses also now sew gold and silver bells onto their outfits. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, 26 Dec. 2018 But the millefiori glass beads, silver bell pendants and shell ornaments were brought in, most likely from Poland, the Baltic states and parts of the Roman Empire, the study said. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 1 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of silver bell was in 1785

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Cite this Entry

“Silver bell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silver%20bell. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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