bellpull

[ bel-pool ]
/ ˈbɛlˌpʊl /

noun

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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Example sentences from the Web for bellpull

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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for bellpull

bell pull

noun

a handle, rope, or cord pulled to operate a doorbell or servant's bell
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