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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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  • That this little trait in Joan is true, we have the testimony of the bell-ringer himself to attest.

    Joan of Arc Ronald Sutherland Gower
  • Alberoni was born in a gardener's cottage, and as a child he was the bell-ringer.

    The Conspirators Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • The bell-ringer lighted a little briar pipe, while Des Hermies and Durtal each rolled a cigarette.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • Perkins was the Cathedral bell-ringer, and the gaoler of Alice Benden.

    All's Well Emily Sarah Holt
  • The supper gong boomed inside the hotel and Harkless bade the bell-ringer good-night.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Looking up he hunted for the bell-ringer's window and recognized it.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • The bell tolled—as it still does—the moment the death became known to the bell-ringer.

    A History of Mourning Richard Davey
  • While discoursing they had climbed the stair and arrived at the bell-ringer's door.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • She took out her hat, and was on her way to silence the bell-ringer, when Mr. Clare was driven up to the churchyard gate.

    The Clever Woman of the Family Charlotte M. Yonge
  • 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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