[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.
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Examples from the Web for glockenspiel
Only toy instruments, small instruments: mandolins, banjos, glockenspiel.Meet Alexandre Desplat, Hollywood’s Master Composer
February 11, 2014
I have discovered a new instrument in Paris, something between a piano and a glockenspiel, with a divinely beautiful tone.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
The orchestra employed is the usual large modern orchestra, with a piccolo, glockenspiel and xylophone.Giacomo Puccini
It has fallen into disuse now, having been replaced by the glockenspiel or steel harmonica.
- a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned metal plates played with a pair of small hammers
C19: German, from Glocken bells + Spiel play
Word Origin and History for glockenspiel
1825, from German Glockenspiel, literally "play of bells," from Glocke "bell" (see clock) + Spiel "a play."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper