[ 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
/ (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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