AskDefine | Define belfry

Dictionary Definition



1 a bell tower; usually stands alone unattached to a building [syn: campanile]
2 a room (often at the top of a tower) where bells are hung

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From Old French berfrey ( > French beffroi), from late Latin berefredus, borrowed from Germanic *bergfrid. The word later changed by assimilation with bell.


  • , /ˈbɛlfri/, /"bElfri/


  1. A moveable tower used in sieges.
  2. In the context of "dialectal}} A shed.

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The term belfry has a variety of uses:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

antenna tower, barbican, bean, bell tower, campanile, carillon, colossus, column, conk, cupola, derrick, dome, fire tower, head, headpiece, lantern, lighthouse, martello, martello tower, mast, minaret, monument, noddle, noggin, noodle, obelisk, observation tower, pagoda, pilaster, pillar, pinnacle, pole, poll, pylon, pyramid, shaft, skyscraper, spire, standpipe, steeple, stupa, television mast, tope, tour, tower, turret, water tower, windmill tower
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