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[bel-poo l]
  1. a handle, cord, or strip of cloth pulled to ring a bell.
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Origin of bellpull

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; bell1 + pull
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Examples from the Web for bellpull

Historical Examples

  • In the wall was a gate, and by the gate a bellpull formed of a hanging wire.

    Far from the Madding Crowd

    Thomas Hardy

  • The conductor hesitated before he jerked the bellpull to go on: Then he said, "Well, she'll want her umbrella, anyway."

    Literature and Life

    William Dean Howells