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Dec 1, 2017
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campanile

Campanile San Marco, Venice, Italy
Campanile San Marco, Venice, Italy

Map of Campania, Italy
Campania, Italy
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with Anu Garg

campanile

PRONUNCIATION:
(kam-puh-NEE-lee, -neel)

MEANING:
noun: A bell tower, especially one detached from a main building such as a church.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Italian campana (bell), from Latin campana (bell). From the Campania region in Italy, known for the bronze that was used to cast bells. Earliest documented use: 1640.

USAGE:
“He could hear birds chirping, the splash of gondola oars, bells ringing from the campanile.”
Deborah Chester; Termination; Diversion Books; 1995.

See more usage examples of campanile in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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