Belfry Definition

bĕlfrē
belfries
noun
belfries
A bell tower, especially one attached to a building.
American Heritage
A movable tower used in ancient warfare for attacking walled positions.
Webster's New World
The part of a tower or steeple in which bells are hung.
American Heritage
A bell tower, esp. one that is part of a building, placed at the top.
Webster's New World
The part of a tower or steeple that holds the bell or bells.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Belfry

Noun

Singular:
belfry
Plural:
belfries

Origin of Belfry

  • 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

  • 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

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