[glok-uh n-speel, -shpeel]


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

Origin of glockenspiel

1815–25; < German, equivalent to Glocken bells + Spiel play
Also called lyra. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for glockenspiel

gong, tocsin, peal, tintinnabulation, angelus, lyra

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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

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

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