Definition of belfry in English:

belfry

noun

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

    • ‘The tower featured a belfry and observatory, topped with a cupola and a golden statue of an angel flying in a horizontal position!’
    • ‘The restored belfry will also be home to a new sixth bell, which was recently donated to the church by an anonymous benefactor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Grass is growing from gutters and belfry, and windows need to be replaced.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A bell tower or steeple housing bells, especially one that is part of a church.
      • ‘Conistone St Mary's Church was causing concern as the belfry was deemed too heavy for the supporting walls.’
      • ‘Sections of the church, including the belfry, date at least as far back as the early seventeenth century and possibly even earlier.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What makes St Michael's church particularly fascinating is that in the belfry there are two friezes which seemingly depict rare and exotic creatures.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He stealthily climbed the belfry to the top, and looked at the soldiers.’
      • ‘‘I caught him kissing Violet the preacher's daughter in the belfry last Mass,’ she replied wickedly.’
      • ‘The belfry and short spire were added about 1200.’
      • ‘The last rang in my ears like a bell's dying toll from a belfry.’
      • ‘The hexagonal belfry contains six louvers with pointed arches and is crowned by an octagonal lantern and a copper dome.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘During the summer months, they often seek shelter behind loose boards, under eaves or shingles, in attics and church belfries, and so on.’
      • ‘He could even make out the belfry, the arched entryway.’
      • ‘The woman looked at the device, and pointed at the cathedral's belfry.’
      • ‘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 palace chapel had porcelain bells in the wooden belfry and large porcelain figures of the apostles.’
      • ‘As you moved from belfry to nave, the songs would change in colour and tone depending on where you were located within the church.’
      spire, church tower, tower, bell tower, belfry
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Origin

Middle English berfrey, from Old French berfrei, later belfrei. The change in the first syllable was due to association with bell.

Pronunciation

belfry

/ˈbelfrē/