- the ringing or sound of bells.
Origin of tintinnabulation
Examples from the Web for tintinnabulation
Keeping tune, tune, tune To the tintinnabulation of the spoon.The Book of Humorous Verse
The bells were quickly inserted in their ears, and soon the whole village was in tintinnabulation.
The telephone bell was being rung continuously, and he called "Hello" several times before the tintinnabulation ceased.The Further Adventures of Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks
Charles Felton Pidgin
Midnight had some time passed when everybody was awakenedbut that graduallyby a tintinnabulation of silvery bells.The Corner House Girls on Palm Island
Grace Brooks Hill
- the act or an instance of the ringing or pealing of bells
Word Origin and History for tintinnabulation
"the ringing of bells," 1831 (perhaps coined by Poe), from Latin tintinnabulum "bell," from tintinnare "to ring, jingle" (reduplicated form of tinnire "to ring," from an imitative base) + instrumental suffix -bulum. Earlier forms in English were tintinnabulary (1787), tintinnabulatory (1827), and tintinnabulum "small bell" (late 14c.).