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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bell tower, especially one near but not attached to a church or other public building.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bell tower (now especially when freestanding), often associated with a church or other public building, especially in Italy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bell tower, esp. one built separate from a church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, a bell-tower; especially, in some parts of Italy, a detached building erected for the purpose of containing bells; also, in the Renaissance style, a particular form of bell-turret, such as the two western towers of St. Paul's cathedral in London, St. Peter's and the Pantheon in Rome, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bell tower; usually stands alone unattached to a building

Etymologies

French, from Italian, from campana, bell, from Late Latin campāna, bell (made of metal produced in Campania), from Latin campānus, of Campania, from Campānia, Campania.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian campanile, from campana ("bell"). (Wiktionary)

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  • A genus of snails, with one living species in Australia, and extinct species in Europe, some fossils of which approach a meter in length.

    April 7, 2008

  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a campanile (free standing bell tower) incidentally.

    April 7, 2008