English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Borrowing from Old French (changed to have an l by association with berfrey bell), from Middle High German   / bërcvrit bërvrit , possibly from  Late Latin , borrowed from berefredus Proto-Germanic , from *bergafriþuz Proto-Indo-European , *bʰerĝʰ + *bʰr̥ĝʰ , *prāy- *prēy- ( “ to like, love ” ).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
belfry ( plural ) belfries
( obsolete ) A movable tower used in sieges.
( dialectal ) A shed.
( obsolete ) An alarm-tower; a watchtower containing an alarm-bell.
( architecture ) A tower or steeple specifically for containing bells, especially as part of a church.
( architecture ) A part of a large tower or steeple, specifically for containing bells.
1922, James Joyce, Episode 12, Ulysses The Cyclops
belfries far and near the funereal deathbell tolled unceasingly while all around the gloomy precincts rolled the ominous warning of a hundred muffled drums punctuated by the hollow booming of pieces of ordnance.
Derived terms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
moveable tower used in sieges
watchtower containing an alarm-bell
tower or steeple specifically for containing bells, especially as part of a church
claggys , m thie cluig , m shamyr chluig f Maori:
pourewa pere Polish:
dzwonnica f Portuguese:
campanário (pt) , m torre sineira f Romansch:
clutger m ( Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Surmiran ), clucher m ( Puter, Vallader ) Russian:
колоко́льня (ru) f ( kolokólʹnja ) Spanish:
, campanil campanario (es) Swedish:
klocktorn (sv) Tagalog:
, canpanil , canpanile , canpanièl canpaniłe
part of a large tower or steeple, specifically for containing bells
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