[ tin-ti-nab-yuh-ley-shuh n ]
/ ˌtɪn tɪˌnæb yəˈleɪ ʃən /


the ringing or sound of bells.

Origin of tintinnabulation

1825–35, Americanism; < Latin tintinnābul(um) bell (see tintinnabular) + -ation
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British Dictionary definitions for tintinnabulation


/ (ˌtɪntɪˌnæbjʊˈleɪʃən) /


the act or an instance of the ringing or pealing of bells
Derived Formstintinnabular, tintinnabulary or tintinnabulous, adjective
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Word Origin and History for tintinnabulation



"the ringing of bells," 1831 (perhaps coined by Poe), from Latin tintinnabulum "bell," from tintinnare "to ring, jingle" (reduplicated form of tinnire "to ring," from an imitative base) + instrumental suffix -bulum. Earlier forms in English were tintinnabulary (1787), tintinnabulatory (1827), and tintinnabulum "small bell" (late 14c.).

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