- a set of stationary bells hung in a tower and sounded by manual or pedal action, or by machinery.
- a set of horizontal metal plates, struck by hammers, used in the modern orchestra.
Origin of carillon
Examples from the Web for carillon
The child went out of the place sadly, as the carillon rang.
His engagement to Miss Carillon had not been an agreeable experience.Robert Orange
John Oliver Hobbes
"You seemed to think differently at Carillon not long ago," he returned.
From the time he held her in his arms at Carillon, he knew it.
Then comes the faint music of the carillon laughing in the night.Vayenne
- a set of bells usually hung in a tower and played either by keys and pedals or mechanically
- a tune played on such bells
- an organ stop giving the effect of a bell
- a form of celesta or keyboard glockenspiel
- (intr) to play a carillon
Word Origin and History for carillon
1775, from French carillon, which, according to French sources, is from Old French carignon "set of four bells," an alteration of quarregon, from Vulgar Latin *quadrinionem, from Latin quaternionem "set of four," from quater "four times," from PIE *kwetrus, from root *kwetwer- "four" (see four).