sleigh bell

noun

Definition of sleigh bell 

: any of various bells commonly attached to a sleigh or to the harness of a horse drawing a sleigh: such as

a : cascabel sense 2

b : a hemispherical bell with an attached clapper

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That symphony, with its musical sleigh bells, so reminiscent of childhood bliss, is a recurring motif in Jamie Bernstein’s book. David Denby, The New Yorker, "Leonard Bernstein Through His Daughter’s Eyes," 16 June 2018 Eastman built a contraption of mechanical sleigh bells that beat out a jangling pulse throughout the 70 minutes. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "The ecstasy of Julius Eastman's ‘Femenine,’ and how angst and anger turn to beauty and grace," 23 May 2018 From small mantle-top sets to full-size reenactments with people and live farm animals, the depiction of the evening after the birth of Jesus is an icon of the season that far predates the the candy cane or sleigh bells. Anchorage Daily News, "Christmas has a long reach, and lessons that go beyond one faith," 24 Dec. 2017 Carolers sing, sleigh bells ring and chestnuts roast on an open fire every year during HOLIDAY NIGHTS IN GREENFIELD VILLAGE, which will be reaching a crescendo this holiday weekend. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: Lightfest, Greenfield Village, Scrooge and Downtown Brown," 20 Dec. 2017 The song has an energetic 50s jazz feel to it, with a full band, trumpet and sleigh bells behind Alan's voice. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com, "Cleveland musician Alan Madej spreads cheer with new Christmas song each year," 13 Dec. 2017 Jingle Bells was originally written by a beloved Medford, Mass. man named James Lord Pierpont in 1850, while sitting in a tavern and feeling cheery feels about the sound of sleigh bells outside. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Why is Boston So Racist?," 11 Dec. 2017 With nary an elf nor a sleigh bell in sight, Who would stay up, all alone, all the night? Sally Higginson, chicagotribune.com, "A visit from St. Nick? Try Mrs. Claus.," 11 Dec. 2017 Even better, 49% of the songs included sleigh bells. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "According to Researchers, This Is the "Happiest Christmas Song of All Time"," 7 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of sleigh bell

1772, in the meaning defined above

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