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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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Examples from the Web for campanile
Historical Examples
  • The fall of the campanile in 1904 was regarded as a calamity by all the civilized world.

    Italy, the Magic Land Lilian Whiting
  • Look back at the shore and see how St. Mark's and the campanile stand out.

    The Story of Glass Sara Ware Bassett
  • A miracle was evidently in progress or the campanile was bewitched.

  • Harvey's picture of the Covenanters, with a shepherd on the outlook, as a campanile.

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • The campanile of the ancient Mission of San Juan seemed as fine as frost work.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • When she awoke the second time, the campanile clock was striking two.

  • The history of the campanile of S. Pietro is a study in itself.

    The Story of Perugia Margaret Symonds
  • This saved the campanile, and it has since remained in its present condition.

    Pictures in Umbria

    Katharine S. (Katharine Sarah) Macquoid
  • The campanile of this church is a picturesque feature of Cortona.

    Pictures in Umbria

    Katharine S. (Katharine Sarah) Macquoid
  • The campanile is a late erection on the model of the old tower of St Mark.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
British Dictionary definitions for campanile


(esp in Italy) a bell tower, not usually attached to another building Compare belfry
Word Origin
C17: from Italian, from campana bell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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