peal

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1peal

noun \ˈpēl\

: the loud ringing of bells

: a loud sound or series of sounds

Full Definition of PEAL

1
a :  the loud ringing of bells
b :  a complete set of changes on a given number of bells
c :  a set of bells tuned to the tones of the major scale for change ringing
2
:  a loud sound or succession of sounds <peals of laughter>

Examples of PEAL

  1. the peal of wedding bells

Origin of PEAL

Middle English, appeal, summons to church, short for appel appeal, from appelen to appeal
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

2peal

verb

Definition of PEAL

intransitive verb
:  to give out peals
transitive verb
:  to utter or give forth loudly

Examples of PEAL

  1. <the village bells pealed every hour in commemoration>

First Known Use of PEAL

1631

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