glockenspiel

[ glok-uh n-speel, -shpeel ]
/ ˈglɒk ənˌspil, -ˌʃpil /

noun

a musical instrument composed of a set of graduated steel bars mounted in a frame and struck with hammers, used especially in bands.

Nearby words

  1. globus pallidus,
  2. glocal,
  3. glochid,
  4. glochidium,
  5. glock,
  6. glogg,
  7. glom,
  8. glomal,
  9. glomangioma,
  10. glomangiosis

Origin of glockenspiel

1815–25; < German, equivalent to Glocken bells + Spiel play

Also called lyra.

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British Dictionary definitions for glockenspiel

glockenspiel

/ (ˈɡlɒkənˌspiːl, -ˌʃpiːl) /

noun

a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned metal plates played with a pair of small hammers

Word Origin for glockenspiel

C19: German, from Glocken bells + Spiel play

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Word Origin and History for glockenspiel

glockenspiel

n.

1825, from German Glockenspiel, literally "play of bells," from Glocke "bell" (see clock) + Spiel "a play."

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