how to pronounce bell


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bell is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of bell in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… election of 2016 the bell really went …”

meanings of bell


  1. A signal at a school that tells the students when a class is starting or ending.
  2. A percussive instrument made of metal or other hard material, typically but not always in the shape of an inverted cup with a flared rim, which resonates when struck.
  3. A telephone call.
  4. The flared end of a pipe, designed to mate with a narrow spigot.
  5. The part of the capital of a column included between the abacus and neck molding; also used for the naked core of nearly cylindrical shape, assumed to exist within the leafage of a capital.
  6. The flared end of a brass or woodwind instrument.
  7. Anything shaped like a bell, such as the cup or corolla of a flower.
  8. A telephone utility; a Baby Bell.
  9. An instrument situated on a bicycle's handlebar, used by the cyclist to warn of his or her presence.
  10. The sounding of a bell as a signal.
  11. Any of a series of strokes on a bell (or similar), struck every half hour to indicate the time (within a four hour watch).
  12. The bellow or bay of certain animals, such as a hound on the hunt or a stag in rut.
  13. A device control code that produces a beep (or rings a small electromechanical bell on older teleprinters etc.).


  1. To utter in a loud manner; to thunder forth.
  2. To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to blossom.
  3. To bellow or roar.
  4. To attach a bell to.
  5. To shape so that it flares out like a bell.
  6. To telephone.


  1. A surname of Scottish and northern English origin for a bell ringer, bellmaker, or from someone who lived "at the Bell (inn).".
  2. The Bell telephone company (after Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.).
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname, of occasional usage.
  4. A female given name, variant of Belle; mostly used as a middle name in the 19th century.
  5. A city in Los Angeles County, California, United States.

bell frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word bell occurs in english on average 29.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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