Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.) A bell tower, esp. one built separate from a church.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a bell tower; usually stands alone unattached to a building

Etymologies

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

[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.]

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From Italian campanile, from campana ("bell").

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

    April 7, 2008

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    April 7, 2008