cow·​bell ˈkau̇-ˌbel How to pronounce cowbell (audio)
: 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 He’s also raised money for the organization by auctioning baseball uniforms, organizing an all-star benefit, and playing cowbell with his son, Magnus, among other events. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 12 July 2024 And one other thing can be safely assumed: There will be cowbells. Dave Sheinin, Washington Post, 24 June 2024 At the 2023 world championships, where the Aussies surged past the Americans in the gold medal count, Team USA’s members irked their Australian counterparts by ringing cowbells in the stands to celebrate American victories. Dave Sheinin, Washington Post, 20 June 2024 Think Mardi Gras — large, homemade costumes fashioned from paper and cardboard and adorned with sequins, worn by dancers beating drums and shaking cowbells during boisterous parades through the town, with costumes being judged along the parade route. Amy Bentley, Orange County Register, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for cowbell 

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Word History

First Known Use

1625, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cowbell was in 1625

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“Cowbell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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cow·​bell ˈkau̇-ˌbel How to pronounce cowbell (audio)
: a bell hung about the neck of a cow to indicate its whereabouts
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