cowbell

noun
cow·bell | \ˈkau̇-ˌbel \

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

Some sound effects have been recorded on a computer program; others are created acoustically with things like a slide whistle, cowbell or the aforementioned trash can. Diane Snyder, Billboard, "How 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Sounds Come to Life," 8 June 2018 But there was cheering and yelling and camera shutters going mad and a surprising amount of tiny cheer-specific cowbells. Pia Peterson, New York Times, "Road Race of the Superwomen," 5 July 2018 Dressed in rainproof gear and toting a cowbell, the pair stood near Heartbreak Hill cheering on the first elite women runners to arrive. Dugan Arnett, Jerome Campbell, Eric Moskowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Runners, spectators brave bone-chilling weather," 16 Apr. 2018 At one point several fans started clanging their Kings cowbells in the protesters' faces, leading to an altercation that left one of the fans sprawled on the ground. Ryan Sabalow, Jason Jones, Tony Bizjak, Dale Kasler And Ed Fletcher, sacbee, "Police work on plan to get fans safely into Thursday's Kings game. Will they show up?," 29 Mar. 2018 With a couple of victories from Mississippi State in the early rounds of the women’s NCAA basketball tournament, Kansas City will brace itself for the sound of the Bulldogs — the cowbell. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Women's NCAA Tournament: Gotta have more cowbell in Kansas City | The Kansas City Star," 12 Mar. 2018 Nate, who owns Hartford Ballroom with his sister, Lisa Spiro, offers instruction, chooses the music and sometimes accompanies it with claves, cowbell or egg shakers. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Dancing The Night Away: Tango, Salsa Nights At Hartford Ballroom," 7 May 2018 At normally festive Hopkinton Common, Kathryn Curry began to pack up her cowbells and paint markers around 12:30 p.m., 40 minutes after the last runners took off for Boston. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "Harsh weather turns Boston Marathon into a punishing slog," 17 Apr. 2018 They’ve been conditioned audibly so that each species responds to a sound designated just for them, such as a cowbell for zebras and a coach’s whistle for giraffes. Bruce Pecho, chicagotribune.com, "20 things you may not know about Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which turns 20 on Earth Day," 17 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cowbell.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cowbell

1625, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cowbell

Dictionary Entries near cowbell

cowbane

cow bean

cow beet

cowbell

cowberry

cowbind

cowbird

Statistics for cowbell

Last Updated

11 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cowbell

The first known use of cowbell was in 1625

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cowbell

cowbell

noun

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

cowbell

noun
cow·bell | \ˈkau̇-ˌbel \

Kids Definition of cowbell

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

More from Merriam-Webster on cowbell

See words that rhyme with cowbell

Spanish Central: Translation of cowbell

Comments on cowbell

What made you want to look up cowbell? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!