Definition of dream-hole in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdriːmˌhəʊl/


dialect British, South West English, Northern English
  • A slit or opening in an external wall of a building. Compare "loophole", 2.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Churchwardens' Accounts Minchinhampton. Origin uncertain; apparently from dream + hole, on account of the sound of the bells passing through such holes in a church steeple.