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hand bell

or handbell

a small handheld bell, especially as part of a tuned set having different notes or pitches and played by a group. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Colonel Holliday rang a hand bell, and a lackey appeared with lighted candles.

    The Cornet of Horse G. A. Henty
  • "Indeed, impudence does disgust me," said the princess, ringing her hand bell quickly.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • Then the schoolmistress touched a hand bell and a crowd of little children, none over five years old, gathered round her.

    Christine Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • “You shall hear,” said the squire, and he rang a hand bell on his table, which quickly brought Jake to his presence.

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • He touched a hand bell, and the boys took up their soup spoons.

    Hector's Inheritance Horatio Alger
  • When the last fragment of pie had disappeared, Mr. Smith again rang the hand bell.

    Hector's Inheritance Horatio Alger
  • Presently the hand bell rang again, and the soup plates were removed.

    Hector's Inheritance Horatio Alger

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