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a bell tower, either attached to a church or other building or standing apart.
the part of a steeple or other structure in which a bell is hung.
a frame of timberwork that holds or encloses a bell.
Slang. head; mind:
a belfry full of curious notions.
have bats in one’s belfry. bat2 (def 3).
Historical Examples

Parkhurst Boys Talbot Baines Reed
Nana, The Miller’s Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille Emile Zola
The Spell of Flanders Edward Neville Vose
Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
Under the Greenwood Tree Thomas Hardy
Bell’s Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury H. J. L. J. Mass
Padre Ignacio Owen Wister
Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
Thunder and Lightning Camille Flammarion
Stories of Animal Sagacity W.H.G. Kingston

noun (pl) -fries
the part of a tower or steeple in which bells are hung
a tower or steeple Compare campanile
the timber framework inside a tower or steeple on which bells are hung
(formerly) a movable tower for attacking fortifications
see: bats in one’s belfry


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