bells and whistles

plural noun Informal.

features added to a product; special parts or functions; extras.

Nearby words

  1. bellows fish,
  2. bellows, george wesley,
  3. bellperson,
  4. bellpull,
  5. bells,
  6. bells of ireland,
  7. bellwether,
  8. bellwood,
  9. bellwort,
  10. belly

Sometimes whistles and bells.

Origin of bells and whistles

First recorded in 1970–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bells and whistles

bells and whistles

pl n

additional features or accessories which are nonessential but very attractivemy car has all the latest bells and whistles
additions, such as options or warranties, made to a financial product to increase its market appeal

Word Origin for bells and whistles

C20: from the bells and whistles which used to decorate fairground organs

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