From Middle English belfrey, bellfray, belfray, from Old French belfroi, berfroi, berfrey (changed to have an l by association with bell), from Middle High German  bërcvrit / bërvrit, possibly from Late Latin berefredus, borrowed from Proto-Germanic *bergafriþuz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerĝʰ, *bʰr̥ĝʰ + *prāy-, *prēy- (“to like, love”).
belfry (plural belfries)
- (obsolete) A movable tower used in sieges.
- (dialectal) A shed.
- (obsolete) An alarm-tower; a watchtower containing an alarm-bell.
- (architecture) A tower or steeple specifically for containing bells, especially as part of a church.
- (architecture) A part of a large tower or steeple, specifically for containing bells.
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Episode 12, The Cyclops
- From the belfries far and near the funereal deathbell tolled unceasingly while all around the gloomy precincts rolled the ominous warning of a hundred muffled drums punctuated by the hollow booming of pieces of ordnance.
moveable tower used in sieges
watchtower containing an alarm-bell
tower or steeple specifically for containing bells, especially as part of a church
- Manx: claggys m, thie cluig m, shamyr chluig f
- Maori: pourewa pere
- Polish: dzwonnica (pl) f
- Portuguese: campanário (pt) m, torre sineira f
- Romansch: clutger m (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Surmiran), clucher m (Puter, Vallader)
- Russian: колоко́льня (ru) f (kolokólʹnja)
- Spanish: campanil, campanario (es)
- Swedish: klocktorn (sv)
- Tagalog: batingawan
- Venetian: canpanil, canpanile, canpanièl, canpaniłe
part of a large tower or steeple, specifically for containing bells