jin·​gle | \ ˈjiŋ-gəl How to pronounce jingle (audio) \
jingled; jingling\ ˈjiŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce jingling (audio) \

Definition of jingle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a light clinking or tinkling sound
2 : to rhyme or sound in a catchy repetitious manner

transitive verb

: to cause to jingle



Definition of jingle (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a light clinking or tinkling sound
b : a catchy repetition of sounds in a poem
2a : something that jingles
b : a short verse or song marked by catchy repetition

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jingler \ ˈjiŋ-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce jingler (audio) \ noun


jingly \ ˈjiŋ-​g(ə-​)lē How to pronounce jingly (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for jingle

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of jingle in a Sentence

Verb Bells jingled in the distance. She jingled the coins in her pocket. Noun I heard the jingle of bells. the jingle of change in my pocket
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The bell jingled, and one of the quartier’s restaurant people appeared, a waiter. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "Baking Bread in Lyon," 6 Apr. 2020 Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas album jingles 8-4 on the Billboard 200, tallying 71,000 equivalent album units (up 40%). Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Harry Styles' 'Fine Line' Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart," 29 Dec. 2019 Tree jingled her way to the next round, leaving Butterfly and Thingamajig to battle it out in the showdown round. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "The Masked Singer Season 1 Champ T-Pain Guesses Thingamajig Is John Legend — 'on Stilts'," 10 Dec. 2019 With the new chart reflecting the tracking week of Dec. 27, 2019 through Jan. 2, 2020, most Christmas albums jingle their way down (or off) the chart. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Travis Scott-Led 'Jackboys' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, As Christmas Albums Depart Chart," 5 Jan. 2020 And on Tuesday’s episode, audiences saw the remaining six competitors perform during the same episode for the first time this season before the Tree jingled all the way home. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "The Masked Singer," 10 Dec. 2019 With so many holiday events planned throughout northern Brazoria County, people in Pearland, Alvin and Manvel can plan to jingle all the way from now until Christmas Day. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Northern Brazoria County brimming with holiday events," 27 Nov. 2019 To a soundtrack of jingling bells and sprightly piano tinkling, Mrs. Trump glides silently through the White House summoning our attention with her gestures. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Melania Trump’s Christmas decorations are lovely, but that coat looks ridiculous," 2 Dec. 2019 Holiday rom-com Last Christmas, starring Henry Golding and Emilia Clarke, jingled up $575,000 from 2,700 theaters Thursday evening. Piya Sinha-roy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'Doctor Sleep' Awakens to $1.5M in Thursday Previews," 8 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Every Christmas season, bells jingle, bells carol and sleigh bells ring. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "‘Every time a bell rings’: actress Karolyn Grimes reflects on iconic role at Alamo Drafthouse special screening," 11 Dec. 2019 The iconic Meow Mix jingle, first introduced almost 50 years ago, has long helped cat owners remember that Meow Mix is the food that felines ask for by name. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "The Iconic Meow Mix Jingle Is Getting a Remix — And a Cat-Filled Music Video to Go With it," 8 Nov. 2019 Leiha Peters grew up doing jingle dress dance meant for healing. Felicia Fonseca, The Christian Science Monitor, "Native Americans drum on as uplifting powwows move online," 10 Apr. 2020 The jingle of the bell announcing customers was replaced with the screech of packing tape and the shuffling of online orders. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "She beat cancer, divorce and construction. Now coronavirus might shutter her NuLu business," 19 Mar. 2020 The Bachelor franchise has a bit of a reputation for casting musicians who aren't there for the right reasons, and are instead there just to build a following (see: notorious dog food jingle smith Jed Wyatt). Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "What The Heck Is This New Bachelor Show Listen To Your Heart About?," 24 Feb. 2020 Church hymns, folk songs and the patriotic jingles of military and marching bands filled the streets. Rashad Shabazz, The Conversation, "How Minneapolis made Prince," 27 Jan. 2020 Her phrasing was more natural than breaking up the first line into two, which is what Paul Williams did in the jingle. Longreads, "Why Karen Carpenter Matters," 4 Oct. 2019 With the holidays approaching, more job opportunities are coming up to put some jingle in your pocket and help with the holiday bills. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "Six seasonal jobs you can pick up in time for the holidays," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of jingle


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for jingle


Middle English ginglen, of imitative origin

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The first known use of jingle was in the 14th century

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6 May 2020

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“Jingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jingle. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jingle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or cause (something) to make a light ringing sound



English Language Learners Definition of jingle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light ringing sound that is made when metal objects hit each other
: a short song that is easy to remember and that is used to help sell a product on television or radio


jin·​gle | \ ˈjiŋ-gəl How to pronounce jingle (audio) \
jingled; jingling

Kids Definition of jingle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or cause to make a light ringing sound Coins jingled in his pocket.



Kids Definition of jingle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a light clinking sound
2 : a short catchy verse or song used to help sell a product

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