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[dawr-bel, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌbɛl, ˈdoʊr-/
a bell chime, or the like, at a door or connected with a door, rung by persons outside wanting someone inside to open the door.
verb (used without object)
to canvass or solicit from door to door, especially for votes or contributions.
Origin of doorbell
1805-15; door + bell1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Both had heard the doorbell ring a moment before, but neither had paid any attention to it.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Thus it was possible to ring the doorbell from the pavement, and this the stranger did.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The doorbell rang, and Hapgood entered the drawing-room bearing a tray upon which were several cards.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He was on his way to the telephone when the doorbell buzzed.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • For Marie had paused uncertainly on her way to answer the doorbell, and eyed Peace skeptically.

    Heart of Gold Ruth Alberta Brown
Word Origin and History for doorbell

c.1815, from door + bell (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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