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noun [countable] bell pronunciation in British English /bel/ 
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singularbell
pluralbells
  1. a metal object shaped like an upside down cup that makes a noise when its sides are hit by a metal piece inside it

    The little silver bells on its harness tinkled merrily.

    The school bell clanged noisily.

    The wedding bells rang out.

    ring a bell:

    Villagers rang the church bells as the victorious soldiers returned.

    1. a.
      a piece of equipment that makes a ringing sound, used for getting someone's attention

      The referee did not hear the final bell.

      There was no one at the counter, so I rang the bell.

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