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 Stone Mountain Park is the only place in Georgia to hear daily electronic carillon concerts. AccessAtlanta, 17 June 2022 The carillon, which stands 13 stories high, began with 610 bells and later acquired an extra 122 for a current total of 732. AccessAtlanta, 17 June 2022 The final gesture comes as a surprise: a sudden, brilliant cascade from opposite ends of the keyboard toward the center, a carillon from the beyond. New York Times, 9 June 2022 After securing approval from the abbot, Father Sydor and five other priests-in-training had climbed the tower and taken turns pounding the batons of the carillon with their fists. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 Typically, the carillon was played for brief interludes in advance of morning services and prayers. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 2 May 2022 The carillon, an instrument with a set of at least 23 bells arranged to produce musical harmony, is not found everywhere; there are only 166 traditional carillons in the country. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2020 Simsbury United Methodist Church will play its carillon bells., 15 Nov. 2021 Behind the lovers and across the lake, a huge stone church — Kirk in the Hills — holds the base of a huge stone steeple, which envelops the famous Kirk in the Hills carillon. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 9 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of carillon

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

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