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 Nearby, Markt square features a 13th-century belfry with a 47-bell carillon and tower with panoramic views. Lea Lane, Forbes, 29 May 2021 Mayo is the only medical center in North America that has a carillon. Erica Pearson, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 The University of Alabama tolled its 25-bell carillon, Denny Chimes, 53 times to honor each of the people who died in the city starting at 5:13 p.m., the time to twister hit. Jay Reeves, Star Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 The Tuesday evening Summer Recital Series will not be presented this year but weekly carillon concerts at noon Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays in April and 4 p.m. Sunday in May will continue until construction begins, the release said., 21 Apr. 2021 At noon, 3, 6, and 9 p.m., a 35-bell carillon peals from the glockenspiel tower at the Bavarian Inn, adding to the quaint appeal of this small (population, around 5,000) town., 8 Apr. 2021 Hammond, who graduated from Duke in 1968, began playing the 50-bell carillon his freshman year. Jonathan Drew, ajc, 25 Feb. 2021 The carillon can be heard on both sides of the river and in nearby parking lots, so the park district is encouraging people to do social distancing. Michelle Mullins,, 26 Dec. 2020 Revelers can enjoy both a video and a concert featuring the 160-foot, 72-bell carillon in Moser Tower near the Riverwalk at the base of Rotary Hill. Jen Banowetz,, 18 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of carillon was in 1775

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“Carillon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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