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 Across the Bay in San Francisco, Lisa Erdos, walking down the middle of Sanchez Street, chose a cowbell for her celebratory sound. Jill Tucker,, "Street celebrations in Bay Area as Biden wins presidency. ‘Our long national nightmare is over’," 7 Nov. 2020 In Los Angeles, on Los Feliz Boulevard, a bagpiper played on one corner as someone rang a cowbell nearby. Los Angeles Times, "Dance parties and protests as Americans react to Biden’s win," 7 Nov. 2020 The tackle ignited a huge roar from the home crowd at Lewis Field with Hunter’s mother, Tara, accenting it with a cowbell. David Hinojosa,, "Saint Mary’s Hall kicker Hunter Hoelscher proves she’s no joke," 5 Nov. 2020 Fisher joked that there’s only one acceptable place for a cowbell. Hannah Underwood, Dallas News, "5 things Texas A&M fans need to know about Mississippi State, including a potential QB change," 14 Oct. 2020 But for the truly purple acolytes, each version offers something worth hearing, including an ecstatic, nearly seven-minute more-cowbell! Sarah Rodman,, "The Sign o' the Times box set is a Prince completist's dream," 25 Sep. 2020 Put it this way, the league now features a cowbell-swinging, Key West-vibing pirate/coach, and that’s normal stuff compared to the rest of it. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Auburn, Florida could struggle; Alabama shows no mercy," 24 Sep. 2020 The neighbors were among those who joined the party, with Tammy Stack ringing a cowbell across the street alongside her daughter Madelyn and fellow neighbor Cheryl Barker. Bill Jones,, "Community helps Orland Park’s Ann Ross celebrate 102nd birthday with parade, cake," 10 Aug. 2020 Someone rang a cowbell and another person played the drums on and off for a few innings, including nonstop for several minutes in the fifth. Rob Maaddi,, "Tauchman’s RBI double helps Yanks earn DH split vs Phils," 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of cowbell

1625, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2020

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“Cowbell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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