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Definition of "carillon" [car•il•lon]

  • A stationary set of chromatically tuned bells in a tower, usually played from a keyboard. (noun)
  • A composition written or arranged for these bells. (noun)
  • To play a carillon. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "carillon" in a sentence
  • "I think the thing with "carillon" is that it is a whole range of different sounds ... each coins strikes a different note as it hits the others ... a chime is surely a single note?"
  • "It was a carillon, that is, a continued mass of real music, in which whole tunes, songs, and elaborate pieces of such length, mass and harmony, as only a choir of many voices, a band of music, or an orchestra of many performers could produce."
  • "It evolved into what is now known as the carillon - the world's heaviest musical instrument!"