Meaning of “doorbell” in the English Dictionary

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"doorbell" in British English

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doorbellnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdɔː.bel/ us /ˈdɔːr.bel/

Examples from literature

  • Five minutes later the postman rang the doorbell. 
  • He had scarcely picked up his brush before the doorbell rang once more. 
  • He was on his way to the telephone when the doorbell buzzed. 
  • The front doorbell announced the arrival of another caller. 
  • The loud ring of the doorbell caused her to break off abruptly the sentence she had begun. 

(Definition of “doorbell” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"doorbell" in American English

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doorbellnoun [ C ]

us /ˈdɔrˌbel, ˈdoʊr-/

an electrical device with a button near the outside door of a house or apartment that makes a noise when pressed, to let the people inside know someone is there:

He rang the doorbell twice.

(Definition of “doorbell” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)