hand bell

or hand·bell

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Examples from the Web for handbell

Historical Examples of handbell

  • Mr. Balderby touched the spring of a handbell upon his table.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

  • On the little table by her bed was a handbell, which presently she rang.

  • And taking a luxurious pull at his cigar, he rang the handbell.

    Five Tales

    John Galsworthy

  • The evolution from the handbell to the turret bell was doubtless slow.

  • Which done he banged the spring handbell on his table and waited.

British Dictionary definitions for handbell


  1. a bell rung by hand, esp one of a tuned set used in musical performance
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Word Origin and History for handbell

Old English handbelle; see hand (n.) + bell (n.).

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