Definition of jingle bell
1 : a bell mounted on a spring and used to signal the engine room for all speed available
2a : a small, hollow, perforated, spherical bell enclosing a loose pellet that causes the bell to jingle when shaken —called also cascabel, crotal, pellet bell b : sleigh bell b
3 : a signal bell used on a shop door to announce the entrance of customers
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