car·​il·​lon | \ˈker-ə-ˌlän, -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

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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 The iconic 97-bell carillon is one of the largest musical instruments in the world in terms of number of bells. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Hamilton County: Celebrating the Suwannee River," 7 May 2018 The carillon schedule features live concerts by Geert D’hollander mid-October through mid-May, Thursday to Sunday. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Bok created historic gardens as refuge from strife," 7 Jan. 2018 Made partially from local stone, the tower houses a 60-bell carillon that is played twice daily. New York Times, "6 Great Gardens to Visit in Florida," 16 Feb. 2018 Arranging themselves a few to each piano, these interlopers began to press the keys, too, for a climactic effect that eventually matched the rich, chaotic peal of a full carillon of church bells. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A Long-Lost Composer Is Raised From the Dead," 29 Jan. 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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car·​il·​lon | \ˈker-ə-ˌlän, -lən\

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

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