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campanile

[ kam-puh-nee-lee, -neel; Italian kahm-pah-nee-le ]
/ ˌkæm pəˈni li, -ˈnil; Italian ˌkɑm pɑˈni lɛ /
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noun, plural cam·pa·ni·les [kam-puh-nee-leez, -neelz], /ˌkæm pəˈni liz, -ˈnilz/, cam·pa·ni·li [kam-puh-nee-lee; Italian kahm-pah-nee-lee]. /ˌkæm pəˈni li; Italian ˌkɑm pɑˈni li/.

a bell tower, especially one freestanding from the body of a church.

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Origin of campanile

1630–40; <Italian, equivalent to campan(a) bell (<Late Latin, probably noun use of Latin Campāna, feminine singular or neuter plural of Campānus of Campania, reputed to be a source of high-quality bronze casting in antiquity) + -ile locative suffix (<Latin -īle)
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British Dictionary definitions for campanile

campanile
/ (ˌkæmpəˈniːlɪ) /

noun

(esp in Italy) a bell tower, not usually attached to another buildingCompare belfry

Word Origin for campanile

C17: from Italian, from campana bell
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