Belfry meaning

bĕlfrē
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The part of a tower or steeple in which bells are hung.
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A movable tower used in ancient warfare for attacking walled positions.
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A bell tower, esp. one that is part of a building, placed at the top.
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The part of a tower or steeple that holds the bell or bells.
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(dialectal) A shed.
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(architecture) A tower or steeple specifically for containing bells, especially as part of a church.
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(architecture) A part of a large tower or steeple, specifically for containing bells.
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A bell tower, especially one attached to a building.
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Origin of belfry

  • Middle English belfrei from Old North French belfroi alteration of Old French berfrei, berfroi bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Old French berfrey (changed to have an l by association with bell), from Middle High German bërcvrit / bërvrit , possibly from Late Latin berefredus, borrowed from Proto-Germanic *bergafriþuz.

    From Wiktionary