Liberty Bell

  1. the bell of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, rung on July 8, 1776, to announce the adoption of the Declaration of Independence; since then a national symbol of liberty: moved to a special exhibition pavilion behind Independence Hall on January 1, 1976.

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How to use Liberty Bell in a sentence

  • Both wrote for the Liberty Bell, an annual published in the interests of the anti-slavery agitation.

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  • Miss Sallie and the girls marched into the long salon dining-room, while the band played Liberty Bell.

Cultural definitions for Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

A relic and symbol (see also symbol) of the American Revolutionary War. The Liberty Bell, first cast in England in the 1750s, is inscribed with words from the Bible (see also Bible): “Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” The bell hung in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and was rung at the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence. It cracked while being tolled for the death in 1835 of Chief Justice John Marshall and was taken out of service. It is now on display at Independence Hall.

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