Word of the Day – Belfry

By March 27, 2020Word of the Day

Belfry (noun)

bel-free

The part of a bell tower or steeple in which bells are housed.

Middle English berfrey, from Old French berfrei, later belfrei, of West Germanic origin. The change in the first syllable was due to association with bell.

Example sentences

“The stairs to the belfry are treacherous.”

Word of the Day – Feuilleton

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Word of the Day – Prate

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Word of the Day – Donee

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Word of Day – Napoo

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Word of the Day – Avarice

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Word of the Day – Oneirologist

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Word of the Day – Charango

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Word of the Day – Progressivism

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Word of the Day – Pokal

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Pokal (noun) po-kal Originally: a large German goblet or tankard, usually made of glass, and often having a lid (now chiefly historical). Now also: a large or stylized cup or…

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