Definition of ring a bell in US English:

ring a bell


  • Revive a distant recollection; sound familiar.

    ‘the name Woodall rings a bell’
    • ‘That girl's name rang a bell, but she couldn't remember where from.’
    • ‘While her name might not ring a bell in the minds of most people, the festival will screen a ‘snippet’ from her body of work titled ‘Harlequin’.’
    • ‘If these names ring a bell and you can supply further information please contact us.’
    • ‘While her name might not ring a bell, her songs definitely do.’
    • ‘One of the country's legendary tenor saxophone players, his name might not ring a bell for those who are not in tune with Jazz in India, but he deserves to be remembered.’
    • ‘If Blackwell's name doesn't ring a bell with you, that's understandable.’
    • ‘The name rings a bell, but I can't put my finger on why.’
    • ‘If the name rings a bell, it is because he might have helped you buy a book, film or album.’
    • ‘If that name doesn't ring a bell, you're not alone.’
    • ‘The name rang a bell, though she couldn't quite place it.’