from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The bell with which the curfew is rung.


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  • At nine in winter, and ten in summer, there is a curfew-bell rung, warning the people to put out their lights, and go to bed.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • The curfew-bell is still tolled; and, until the year 1854, the custom of "leaping the well" was observed.

    Grace Darling Heroine of the Farne Islands

  • The curfew-bell speaks the solemn truth, and warns the members that "in the midst of life they are in death."

    The Christian Home

  • In this tower hangs the curfew-bell, which is rung at 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., a custom, according to one writer, 'that has continued ever since the time of William the Conqueror.'


  • Fritz W., the wounded German, lost his way and was unable to go back to town before the curfew-bell, the hour at which every resident was supposed to be indoors.

    The Petticoat Commando Boer Women in Secret Service

  • That tag rang out in boastful refrain like the natives 'curfew-bell of

    Cinderella in the South Twenty-Five South African Tales

  • The curfew-bell still rings in many towers; the harvest-bell, the gleaning-bell, the pancake-bell, the "spur-peal," the eight-hours 'bell, and sundry others send out their pleasing notice to the world.

    Vanishing England

  • Hitherto a hole in the roof for the escape of the smoke, a pit in the midst of the floor to contain the fuel, and to be covered with a lid when the curfew-bell sounded or night came, such had been the cheerless and inadequate means of warming.

    History of the Conflict between Religion and Science

  • Motley, in the confidence of that one quiet hour which belonged to the mistresses after the pupils 'curfew-bell had rung youth and hope and gaiety into retirement,' when I think of the mustard poultices I have put upon her chest, and the bronchial troches I have given her when she had the slightest touch of cold or cough, I am positively appalled at the ingratitude of the human race. '

    The Golden Calf

  • Gretz or in the new, free from the alarms of war, with the green country at the door, without noise, passports, the exactions of the soldiery, or the jangle of the curfew-bell to send us off to bed by sundown? '

    Merry Men


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