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doorbell

[dawr-bel, dohr-]
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noun
  1. a bell chime, or the like, at a door or connected with a door, rung by persons outside wanting someone inside to open the door.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to canvass or solicit from door to door, especially for votes or contributions.
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Origin of doorbell

First recorded in 1805–15; door + bell1
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buzzerringer

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  • Thus it was possible to ring the doorbell from the pavement, and this the stranger did.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He was on his way to the telephone when the doorbell buzzed.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • “I think that was the doorbell,” she remarked, a trifle sharply.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • They had scarcely risen from the table when the doorbell rang.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Just as they were about to take their seats at the table the doorbell rang.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln


Word Origin and History for doorbell

n.

c.1815, from door + bell (n.).

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