[ bel-pool ]

  1. a handle, cord, or strip of cloth pulled to ring a bell.

Origin of bellpull

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; bell1 + pull

Words Nearby bellpull Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bellpull in a sentence

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for bell pull

bell pull

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

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