Definition of church bell in US English:

church bell

noun

  • In early use: †a handbell used in church (obsolete). Later: a (usually large) bell, frequently one of a set, hung in the tower of a church and rung to call people to worship, at a wedding, funeral, festival, etc., or to tell the time.

Origin

Old English; earliest use found in Bald's Leechbook. From church + bell.

Pronunciation

church bell

/ˈtʃəːtʃ bɛl/