noun, plural bel·fries.
Origin of belfry
Examples from the Web for belfry
The Belfry of Bruges stands against the sky ahead—as if lifted out of the plain up to heaven itself.The Challenge of the Dead|Stephen Graham
Because I had once seen, in marching by, the belfry of his village!The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
Our belfry will be torn down, our seal will be broken, our banner torn and our treasury pilfered.
But below there is a turret and a belfry, but no bell, and the turret is a sheltered and safe retreat looking out upon all.My Friend Annabel Lee|Mary MacLane
So they slipped out of the belfry one fine frosty night, and left the big beautiful bells empty, and went off to find other homes.The Magic World|Edith Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for belfry
noun plural -fries
Word Origin for belfry
Word Origin and History for belfry
c.1400, "siege tower" (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin with a sense "bell tower"), from Old North French berfroi "movable siege tower" (Modern French beffroi), from Middle High German bercfrit "protecting shelter," literally "that which watches over peace," from bergen "to protect" (see bury) + frid "peace." Originally a wooden siege tower on wheels ("free" to move); it came to be used for chime towers (mid-15c.), which at first often were detached from church buildings (as the Campanile on Plaza San Marco in Venice). Spelling altered by dissimilation or by association with bell (n.).
Idioms and Phrases with belfry
see bats in one's belfry.