car·​il·​lon | \ ˈker-ə-ˌlän How to pronounce carillon (audio) , -lən, ˈka-rə-; ˈker-ē-ˌän, -ˌōn, ˈka-rē-; kə-ˈril-yən \

Definition of carillon

1a : a set of fixed chromatically tuned bells sounded by hammers controlled from a keyboard
b : an electronic instrument imitating a carillon
2 : a composition for the carillon

Examples of carillon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On April 4, 1952, 8-year-old was among the children assembled in Meridian Hill Park to witness the announcement by Holland’s of her country’s gift of a carillon to the people of the United States. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Ringing in the years: It took a while for the Netherlands Carillon to find its home," 13 May 2020 In a world that suddenly got scary, a centuries-old sound of hope and reassurance will be offered across Northeast Ohio in free carillon concerts this weekend at four locations. Brian Albrecht, cleveland, "Carillons unite in performances to lift spirits during coronavirus crisis," 20 Mar. 2020 As is tradition, before the parade, from 10:15-10:45 a.m., a carillon concert rings out from the bell tower of St. Christopher’s by the River Episcopal Church, 7601 Old Mills Road., "A parade, fireworks and music: Fourth of July activities planned in Sun Messenger communities," 25 June 2019 It’s not being billed as such, but with visits this summer from about a dozen players, performances at these two venues amount to a carillon festival. Peter Dobrin,, "Classical summer: Bradley Cooper, Harry Potter, piano stars, Yannick debuts at a spiffed-up Mann Center," 5 June 2019 After the performance, concert-goers can tour the carillon from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for $2 per person. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 6 July 2018 In 2001 the Rockefeller carillon played a concert in collaboration with Friends of the Gamelan, who spread out their own bronze instruments on the lawn below. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Rockeller Chapel presses its majestic carillon into service for a two-day festival of new music," 24 May 2018 Post-recital moonlight carillon tours are available from 8 to 8:30 p.m. for $2 per person. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "With start of summer, Naperville offering movies, markets, boats and beaches," 12 May 2018 Early bird tickets are on sale through May 13: $10 for general admission, $20 for pit area access and $90 for carillon seating. Staff Report, Naperville Sun, "'NSync's Lance Bass to host boy band/heartthrob lineup at Naperville's Last Fling," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of carillon

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for carillon

French, alteration of Old French quarregnon, modification of Late Latin quaternion-, quaternio set of four — more at quaternion

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“Carillon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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car·​il·​lon | \ ˈker-ə-ˌlän How to pronounce carillon (audio) , -lən \

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: a set of bells sounded by hammers controlled by a keyboard

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