One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The part of a bell tower or steeple in which bells are housed.
- ‘The soldier's fiancé had climbed into the belfry and clung to the great clapper of the bell to prevent it from striking.’
- ‘Specialists cleaned the clock face and belfry, repaired Suffolk bricks and replaced the low-level roof.’
- ‘It had operable doors at the bottom that opened to pull-chains that visitors could use to ring bells mounted in the belfry.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Grass is growing from gutters and belfry, and windows need to be replaced.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Parishioners hope that when the belfry is restored there will still be funds available to install a sixth bell, which has already been donated to the village by an anonymous benefactor.’
- ‘Constant ringing for 230 years had taken its toll on the belfry and bells.’
- ‘The repairs include refurbishment of the belfry and clock face, cleaning and repairing the bricks and replacing the low-level roof.’
- ‘The restored belfry will also be home to a new sixth bell, which was recently donated to the church by an anonymous benefactor.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The tower featured a belfry and observatory, topped with a cupola and a golden statue of an angel flying in a horizontal position!’
- 1.1 A bell tower or steeple housing bells.
spire, church tower, tower, bell towerView synonyms
- ‘The hexagonal belfry contains six louvers with pointed arches and is crowned by an octagonal lantern and a copper dome.’
- ‘The woman looked at the device, and pointed at the cathedral's belfry.’
- ‘As you moved from belfry to nave, the songs would change in colour and tone depending on where you were located within the church.’
- ‘What makes St Michael's church particularly fascinating is that in the belfry there are two friezes which seemingly depict rare and exotic creatures.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He could even make out the belfry, the arched entryway.’
- ‘The last rang in my ears like a bell's dying toll from a belfry.’
- ‘He stealthily climbed the belfry to the top, and looked at the soldiers.’
- ‘Sections of the church, including the belfry, date at least as far back as the early seventeenth century and possibly even earlier.’
- ‘During the summer months, they often seek shelter behind loose boards, under eaves or shingles, in attics and church belfries, and so on.’
- ‘The belfry and short spire were added about 1200.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘I caught him kissing Violet the preacher's daughter in the belfry last Mass,’ she replied wickedly.’
- ‘Conistone St Mary's Church was causing concern as the belfry was deemed too heavy for the supporting walls.’
- ‘The palace chapel had porcelain bells in the wooden belfry and large porcelain figures of the apostles.’
- ‘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.’
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.
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