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a person who rings church bells
a person who plays musical handbells
Derived Forms
bell-ringing, noun
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  • Alberoni was born in a gardener's cottage, and as a child he was the bell-ringer.

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Perkins was the Cathedral bell-ringer, and the gaoler of Alice Benden.

    All's Well Emily Sarah Holt
  • The bell-ringer had come down, and followed me curiously about among the graves.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
  • The bell-ringer could not tell; it was so old nobody knew anything about it.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
  • All means of egress from the palace were guarded; the bell-ringer forbidden to stir.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
  • With might and main The bell-ringer sounds his knell abroad.

    Poems of Emile Verhaeren Emile Verhaeren
  • So James entered upon his duties as janitor and bell-ringer.

    From Canal Boy to President Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Looking up he hunted for the bell-ringer's window and recognized it.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • While discoursing they had climbed the stair and arrived at the bell-ringer's door.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • A rat isn't a rat when he's a bell-ringer; like the one in the attic was last night.

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