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

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Go-Go infused with sounds ranging from infectious drums to electric guitars or even cowbells. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "New Bill Could Make Go-go Music The Official Sound Of D.C.," 5 June 2019 Novelty Swiss cow and cowbell magnets on display at a souvenir shop in Lugano, Switzerland, in 2016. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "Should Cows Have Horns? Switzerland Will Decide," 23 Nov. 2018 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,, "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,, "Dancing The Night Away: Tango, Salsa Nights At Hartford Ballroom," 7 May 2018

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1625, in the meaning defined above

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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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