Definition of belfry in English:



  • 1The part of a bell tower or steeple in which bells are housed.

    • ‘The repairs include refurbishment of the belfry and clock face, cleaning and repairing the bricks and replacing the low-level roof.’
    • ‘I entered this gigantic granite jewel, which is as light in its effect as a bit of lace and is covered with towers, with slender belfries to which spiral staircases ascend.’
    • ‘The soldier's fiancé had climbed into the belfry and clung to the great clapper of the bell to prevent it from striking.’
    • ‘Constant ringing for 230 years had taken its toll on the belfry and bells.’
    • ‘They were only allowing six at a time up on the belfry and there was already a party of people up there so we had to wait at the bottom.’
    • ‘I imagined we would be going to some creepy old house with bats in the belfry and stone gremlins on the gateposts.’
    • ‘The church was built in a Gothic style with a belfry.’
    1. 1.1 A bell tower or steeple housing bells.
      • ‘Conistone St Mary's Church was causing concern as the belfry was deemed too heavy for the supporting walls.’
      • ‘The woman looked at the device, and pointed at the cathedral's belfry.’
      • ‘The dark clouds cast a deep shadow over much of the landscape, and the silhouettes of the domes and belfries appear dramatically backlit against the light in the distance.’
      • ‘Despite the fact that it was completed well into the Catholic period of Spain, the Mujedar style is still very clearly present in the cathedral's belfry and lantern tower.’
      • ‘The stone cross which stood on top of the belfry was set in the boundary wall of the cemetery where it remains evident to this time.’
      • ‘The palace chapel had porcelain bells in the wooden belfry and large porcelain figures of the apostles.’
      • ‘He could even make out the belfry, the arched entryway.’
      • ‘What is not disputed is that the bell was standing in a belfry atop the Kettins church by the late 17th century, before it was taken down and placed in the churchyard in 1893.’
      • ‘The belfry and short spire were added about 1200.’
      • ‘‘I caught him kissing Violet the preacher's daughter in the belfry last Mass,’ she replied wickedly.’
      • ‘As you moved from belfry to nave, the songs would change in colour and tone depending on where you were located within the church.’
      • ‘The last rang in my ears like a bell's dying toll from a belfry.’
      • ‘During the summer months, they often seek shelter behind loose boards, under eaves or shingles, in attics and church belfries, and so on.’
      • ‘For over one hundred and fifty years, the church of St George's was without a large bell in its belfry until a new one was cast and installed in the early nineteenth century.’
      • ‘The hexagonal belfry contains six louvers with pointed arches and is crowned by an octagonal lantern and a copper dome.’
      • ‘Sections of the church, including the belfry, date at least as far back as the early seventeenth century and possibly even earlier.’
      • ‘What makes St Michael's church particularly fascinating is that in the belfry there are two friezes which seemingly depict rare and exotic creatures.’
      • ‘He stealthily climbed the belfry to the top, and looked at the soldiers.’
      spire, church tower, tower, bell tower, belfry
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Middle English berfrey, from Old French berfrei, later belfrei, of West Germanic origin. The change in the first syllable was due to association with bell.