[ kar-uh-lon, -luh n or, esp. British, kuh-ril-yuh n ]
/ ˈkær əˌlɒn, -lən or, esp. British, kəˈrɪl yən /


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

1765–75; < French: set of bells, Old French car(e)ignon, quarregnon < Vulgar Latin *quadriniōn-, re-formation of Late Latin quaterniōn- quaternion; presumably originally a set of four bells Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for carillon

/ (kəˈrɪljən) /

noun music

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

verb -lons, -lonning or -lonned

(intr) to play a carillon

Word Origin for carillon

C18: from French: set of bells, from Old French quarregnon, ultimately from Latin quattuor four
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