noun (1)
\ ˈchīm How to pronounce chime (audio) \

Definition of chime

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the edge or rim of a cask or drum


chimed; chiming

Definition of chime (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to make a musical and especially a harmonious sound
b : to make the sounds of a chime
2 : to be or act in accord

transitive verb

1 : to cause to sound musically by striking
2 : to produce by chiming
3 : to call or indicate by chiming the clock chimed midnight
4 : to utter repetitively : din sense 2


noun (2)

Definition of chime (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : an apparatus for chiming a bell or set of bells
2a : a musically tuned set of bells
b : one of a set of objects giving a bell-like sound when struck
3a : the sound of a set of bells usually used in plural
b : a musical sound suggesting that of bells
4 : accord, harmony such happy chime of fact and theory— Henry Maudsley

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chimer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for chime

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun (2)

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of chime in a Sentence

Verb The music and the mood chimed well together. the restaurant's manor-house decor chimes perfectly with the chef's traditionalist take on haute cuisine

First Known Use of chime

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chime

Noun (1)

Middle English chimbe, from Old English cimb-; akin to Middle Dutch kimme edge of a cask

Noun (2)

Middle English, cymbal, probably from Anglo-French *chimbe, cime, from Latin cymbalum cymbal

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The first known use of chime was in the 14th century

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“Chime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chime

: to make the sound of a ringing bell
of a clock : to make a ringing sound that indicates the time
: to agree : to be in harmony


\ ˈchīm How to pronounce chime (audio) \
chimed; chiming

Kids Definition of chime

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make sounds like a bell
2 : to call or indicate by chiming The clock chimed midnight.
chime in
: to interrupt or join in a conversation "That's what I say," chimed in Mr. Beaver.— C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe



Kids Definition of chime (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a set of bells tuned to play music door chimes
2 : the sound from a set of bells usually used in pl. the chimes of a church bell


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