bell · noun C /bel/Full view
B1 an electrical object that makes a ringing sound when you press a button
Dictionary example:

Please ring the bell for attention.

Learner example:

I was relaxing at home when suddenly the bell rang. (Preliminary English Test; B1; Portuguese)

B2 a hollow, metal object, shaped like a cup, that makes a ringing sound when you hit it
Dictionary example:

the sound of church bells ringing

Learner example:

Then I heard the bells from the tower. (Preliminary English Test; B1; Swiss German)

ring a bell
C2 If a word, especially a name, rings a bell, you think you have heard it before.
Dictionary example:

Shane Watson? That name rings a bell.

Learner example:

Its name is Laser - I suppose it rings a bell? (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; Polish)

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