cow·​bell | \ ˈkau̇-ˌbel How to pronounce cowbell (audio) \

Definition of cowbell

: a bell hung around the neck of a cow to make a sound by which the cow can be located

Examples of cowbell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pair are clearly having fun with their loverman shtick here — a knowing throwback to a more-cowbell era when all the cars were Monte Carlos, the lamps were lava, and #MeToo was but a distant, joy-killing dream. Leah Greenblatt,, 12 Nov. 2021 Even though the offense’s output was still uneven, its big plays silenced a cowbell-clanging crowd in Davis Wade Stadium that sensed multiple opportunities for comebacks. Mike Rodak |, al, 16 Oct. 2021 After his introduction, Coltrane prods the band with a cowbell insistent enough to soothe Christopher Walken’s fever. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, 9 Oct. 2021 The laughter spilled into the vendor area as well, where one business used a squeaking plastic chicken and a cowbell to lure customers to the unique hot dogs at Smilin’ Dawgs. Diane Moca,, 4 Sep. 2021 Activities director Liza Worden set up eight chairs on either side of a 3-foot-high net, rang a cowbell and declared the games to be open. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 July 2021 During the last week of April, the man had developed a fever, but not just a need cowbell-type of fever. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Lonely Mountains: Downhill opens not with the screech of rubber but a jangling Alpen cowbell. Lewis Gordon, Wired, 19 Apr. 2021 Throughout the tune, Mr. Deppenschmidt can be heard keeping time by striking a muffled cowbell. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of cowbell

1625, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cowbell was in 1625

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“Cowbell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cowbell

: a bell that you hang around the neck of a cow so that you can tell where the cow is


cow·​bell | \ ˈkau̇-ˌbel How to pronounce cowbell (audio) \

Kids Definition of cowbell

: a bell hung around the neck of a cow to tell where it is


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