hand·​bell | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌbel How to pronounce handbell (audio) \

Definition of handbell

: a small bell with a handle especially : one of a set tuned in a scale for musical performance

Examples of handbell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The concert is the retreat center’s biggest event of the year and features more than 80 vocalists, 20 instrumentalists, and adult, chamber, handbell, and children’s choirs. courant.com, 3 Dec. 2021 The free event will feature music ensembles, a handbell ensemble, and a chamber orchestra. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, 19 Nov. 2021 Also that day, the Lions Club plans a memorial ceremony at the USS Lexington Memorial, the Hancock Church presents a handbell concert, and The First Parish Church in Lexington offers a talk on the events of April 19, 1775, all virtual. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Apr. 2021 The creation of the handbell choir at Avon Middle School happened due to a chance meeting. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2020 The man who rings a handbell to signify the garbage truck is here, and you’d better carry yours outside. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 7 May 2020 My kids have handbells and choir every Wednesday night. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, 11 Mar. 2020 Ring those bells: Celebration Ringers, a community handbell choir from Strongsville, will perform a holiday show at the Ehrnfelt Senior Center from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 6 Dec. 2019 Celebration Ringers now boasts five octaves of handbells and seven octaves of hand chimes. cleveland, 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of handbell

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Handbell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbell. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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