[kam-puh-nee-lee, -neel; Italian kahm-pah-nee-le]

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.

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for campanile

spire, cupola, turret, minaret, head, dome, steeple, carillon, belfry, ziggurat

Examples from the Web for campanile

Historical Examples of campanile

  • The fall of the Campanile in 1904 was regarded as a calamity by all the civilized world.

    Italy, the Magic Land

    Lilian Whiting

  • Look back at the shore and see how St. Mark's and the Campanile stand out.

    The Story of Glass

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • A miracle was evidently in progress or the campanile was bewitched.

  • Harvey's picture of the Covenanters, with a shepherd on the outlook, as a campanile.

  • The campanile of the ancient Mission of San Juan seemed as fine as frost work.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

British Dictionary definitions for campanile



(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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Word Origin and History for campanile

1630s, from Italian, from campana "bell," from Late Latin campana, originally "metal vessel made in Campania," region around Naples.

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