sleigh bell


: any of various bells commonly attached to a sleigh or to the harness of a horse drawing a sleigh: such as
: a hemispherical bell with an attached clapper

Examples of sleigh bell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Butter Bean, an elderly canine of terrier extraction, trots around the house in a sweater vest bearing a jangling sleigh bell. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024 There’s no time like the holidays — sleigh bells ringing, gift giving, kids singing, kids screaming. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2023 Sprinkle in beloved holiday songs and sleigh bells. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Nov. 2023 North Pole, New York This small Upstate New York village in the Adirondack Mountains is home to Santa's Workshop, a year-round outdoor theme park complete with lights, sleigh bells and reindeer. Madison Roberts, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Wilshire dropped light sleigh bells into the background and recorded a very basic keyboard part that lent a little extra dreaminess. Tom Roland, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2023 When a Christmas-curdling thief steals what have long been believed to be Santa’s sleigh bells from the local museum, Violet is on the case. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 During Christmas, twinkling lights and sleigh bells abound, not to mention markets touting vin chaud (mulled wine), spiced gingerbread, and pommes d'amour (candy apples). Sara Lieberman, Travel + Leisure, 25 Oct. 2023 Small cells of material — including annunciatory themes as compelling as Adès’s — repeat (and repeat and repeat) and slowly evolve through the 70-minute work, over the ceaseless wintry shake of sleigh bells. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1772, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sleigh bell was in 1772

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Cite this Entry

“Sleigh bell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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