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  • noun A bell which is rung to alert people that it is time to get dressed, especially for dinner.


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  • At eight in the morning the dressing-bell rings, and a very few admirable people get up, take a walk on deck, and appear at breakfast at half-past eight.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • But before the dressing-bell had rung he had been coaxed into a confidential strain and had told everything.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • The evening came, and the dressing-bell for dinner rang, before

    The Moonstone

  • So very pleasantly the time passed by till the dressing-bell rang, and we ran away to our room.

    Uncle Silas

  • In the morning Darrell woke up with the others when the dressing-bell went.

    The Second Form at Malory Towers

  • When the dressing-bell went not one of them got out of bed.

    The Twins At St Clare's

  • 'If I had let them go back to their dormitory they would have talked until the dressing-bell,' said Miss Theobald.

    Summer Term At St Clare's

  • Sykes he forgot to ring the dressing-bell; the first time in his life, he says, that he ever did such

    Sarah's School Friend

  • She gave a violent start, and looked round to see if Naomi had put out her dress for dinner, and saw, to her surprise, not only that she had not done so, but that it was the dinner-hour, so that either dinner must be late -- an unheard-of thing in that house -- or she had not heard the dressing-bell, and this must be the dinner-gong.

    Sarah's School Friend

  • He had heard the dressing-bell ring long ago in the house -- it must be close upon their dinner hour.

    Vera Nevill Or, Poor Wisdom's Chance


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