tintinnabulum

[ tin-ti-nab-yuh-luhm ]
/ ˌtɪn tɪˈnæb yə ləm /

noun, plural tin·tin·nab·u·la [tin-ti-nab-yuh-luh]. /ˌtɪn tɪˈnæb yə lə/.

a small, tinkling bell or a set of bells played in succession.

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Origin of tintinnabulum

First recorded in 1350–1400; from Latin tintinnābulum “a bell,” derivative of tintinnāre “to ring, jangle,” reduplicated form of tintinnīre “to ring, jingle,” of imitative origin + -bulum noun suffix denoting instrument or vessel
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Example sentences from the Web for tintinnabulum

  • We did not know how to play a tin whistle or beat upon the tintinnabulum.

    Waysiders|Seumas O'Kelly

British Dictionary definitions for tintinnabulum

tintinnabulum
/ (ˌtɪntɪˈnæbjʊləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə)

a small high-pitched bell

Word Origin for tintinnabulum

C16: from Latin, from tintinnāre to tinkle, from tinnīre to ring; see tinnitus
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