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bellman

[bel-muh n]
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noun, plural bell·men.
  1. a bellhop.
  2. a person who carries or rings a bell, especially a town crier or watchman.
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Origin of bellman

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at bell1, -man
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Related Words for bellman

attendant, porter, steward, bellboy, bellman, announcer, crier, proclaimer, stentor

Examples from the Web for bellman

Historical Examples of bellman

  • They were a very old family with whom Snecky Hobart, the bellman, lodged.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie

  • To the last-mentioned part of his equipment, he owed the title of "Bellman."

  • I have just time to send this, without giving to the bellman.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • The beadle of to-day is in most respects changed, for the worse, from the bellman of old.

    The Book of Christmas

    Thomas K. Hervey

  • This band was headed by the noble Bellman who was much respected by the others.

    The Camp Fire Girls on a Yacht

    Margaret Love Sanderson


British Dictionary definitions for bellman

bellman

noun plural -men
  1. a man who rings a bell, esp (formerly) a town crier
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