What does belfry mean?

belfry meaning in General Dictionary

A movable tower erected by besiegers for reasons of attack and defense

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  • a bell tower; typically stands alone unattached to a building
  • a-room (usually towards the top of a tower) in which bells tend to be hung
  • A movable tower erected by besiegers for functions of attack and security.
  • A bell tower, often mounted on a church or any otheru000du000a building, but often individual; a campanile.
  • an area in a tower where a bell is or might be hung; or a cupola or turret for similar function.
  • The framing by which a bell is suspended.

belfry meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, "wooden siege tower on tires" (belated 13c. in Anglo-Latin with an awareness "bell tower"), from Old North French berfroi "movable siege tower" (Modern French beffroi), from center High German bercfrit "protecting housing," from Proto-Germanic substance *berg-frithu, actually "high place of safety," or that which watches over serenity." From bergen "to guard" (see bury) or *bergaz "mountain, high spot" (see barrow (n.2)) + *frithu- "peace; private security" (see affray). It had become used for chime towers (mid-15c.), which to start with usually had been detached from places of worship (due to the fact Campanile on Plaza San Marco in Venice). Spelling altered by dissimilation or by organization with bell (n.).


belfry meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A movable tower erected by besiegers for functions of attack and protection.

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  • (letter.) A bell tower, generally attached to a church or any other building, but often split; a campanile.
  • (n.) A space in a tower where a bell is or is hung; or a cupola or turret for the same purpose.
  • (letter.) The framing by which a bell is suspended.

Sentence Examples with the word belfry

A fine belfry (12th, 13th and 15th centuries) commanding the town is built on the terrace, beneath which are hollowed in the rock the oratory and hermitage of St Emilion, and adjoining them an ancient monolithic church of considerable dimensions.

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