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[kam-puh-nee-lee, -neel; Italian kahm-pah-nee-le] /ˌkæm pəˈni li, -ˈnil; Italian ˌkɑm pɑˈni lɛ/
noun, plural campaniles [kam-puh-nee-leez, -neelz] /ˌkæm pəˈni liz, -ˈnilz/ (Show IPA), campanili
[kam-puh-nee-lee; Italian kahm-pah-nee-lee] /ˌkæm pəˈni li; Italian ˌkɑm pɑˈni li/ (Show IPA)
a bell tower, especially one freestanding from the body of a church.
Origin of campanile
1630-40; < Italian, equivalent to campan(a) bell (< Late Latin, probably noun use of Latin Campāna, feminine singular or neuter plural of Campānus of Campania, reputed to be a source of high-quality bronze casting in antiquity) + -ile locative suffix (< Latin -īle) Unabridged
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(esp in Italy) a bell tower, not usually attached to another building Compare belfry
Word Origin
C17: from Italian, from campana bell
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Word Origin and History for campanile

1630s, from Italian, from campana "bell," from Late Latin campana, originally "metal vessel made in Campania," region around Naples.

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