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 creation of the handbell choir at Avon Middle School happened due to a chance meeting. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Avon Middle School principal and new choir director team up for handbell choir," 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, "The world is awash in different lockdown rules and workarounds. Here’s how Post correspondents have coped.," 7 May 2020 My kids have handbells and choir every Wednesday night. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Churches aren't 'viral threats': Ministers confused by Beshear's call to suspend services," 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, "Snow or no snow – doesn’t matter at The Chalet’s toboggan chutes: Strong Points," 6 Dec. 2019 Celebration Ringers now boasts five octaves of handbells and seven octaves of hand chimes. cleveland, "Celebration Ringers handbell choir offers free holiday performances in Strongsville, Parma Heights," 27 Nov. 2019 The Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus is joined by the Bells of the Lakes handbell ensemble for a collection of seasonal fare, including the premiere of a new Hanukkah piece, at Ted Mann Concert Hall, Dec. 13-15. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Holiday Arts Guide 2019: Classical music has many flavors of the sounds of the season," 25 Nov. 2019 The production subtly incorporates literal Christmas carols throughout, with the cast singing and sometimes playing instruments — most notably handbells — for a serene, film-score-like effect. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "A Christmas Carol on Broadway is dreary and delightful, as Dickens intended it to be: Review," 21 Nov. 2019 Rosene and Shealey are both members of Handbell Musicians of America, a national non-profit dedicated to handbells. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "For some, handbells are a passion and not just for churches anymore," 6 June 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 20 Jan. 2021.

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