from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Church bells or chimes rung in celebration of a wedding.


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  • That the story can end in the old-fashioned way with wedding-bells: ‘so they married and lived happy ever after’!

    Presumption of Death

  • It is years ago, now, since their wedding-bells rung out from the church-tower of Hazlewood, blending with the sweet spring-air and sunshine of a joyous May-day.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 28, February, 1860

  • And then the wedding-bells begin to ring, and "the joy of the Lord is our strength!"

    My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

  • When, therefore, the soul of another is exultant, and the wedding-bells are ringing, love's kindred bells ring a merry peal.

    My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

  • They love each other in a manner refreshingly whole-hearted and delightful, and we will, if you please, ring down the curtain upon them in orthodox fashion to the sound of wedding-bells.

    Peter and Jane or The Missing Heir

  • "As soon as you can walk up the church-aisle all the Belfield wedding-bells shall ring their loudest."

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878

  • Can your pupils image the wedding-bells chiming from the cathedral some afternoon in June, when suddenly the ear catches the sound of a death-bell tolling from another church?

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature

  • Such a fluttering among Society dove-cotes was seldom seen, and sound of wedding-bells rarely heard with such gleeful joy.

    The Portland Peerage Romance

  • It was only in imagination that she heard Frederick Prendergast's wedding-bells when, two months later, he was united to Miss Forde in

    The Pool in the Desert

  • But it was foolish to expect other people, people who are forever on the lookout for trousseaux and wedding-bells, and who considered these two as mere man and maid, and had no sight of them as engaging young spirits in happy conjunction -- it was foolish to expect such people to show equal consideration.

    The Pool in the Desert


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