Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A stationary set of chromatically tuned bells in a tower, usually played from a keyboard.
  • noun A composition written or arranged for these bells.
  • intransitive verb To play a carillon.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A set of stationary bells tuned so as to play regularly composed melodies, and sounded by the action of the hand upon a keyboard or by machinery.
  • noun A small instrument furnished with bells, properly tuned, and with finger-keys like those of the pianoforte.
  • noun A simple air adapted to be performed on a set of bells.
  • noun The rapid ringing of several large bells at the same time, with no attempt to produce a tune or the effect of tolling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mus.) A chime of bells diatonically tuned, played by clockwork or by finger keys.
  • noun A tune adapted to be played by musical bells.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A set of bells, often in a bell tower, sometimes operated by means of a keyboard (manual or pedal), originating from the Low Countries.
  • noun A tune adapted to be played by musical bells.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun set of bells hung in a bell tower
  • noun playing a set of bells that are (usually) hung in a tower

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, alteration of Old French quarregnon, from Late Latin quaterniō, quaterniōn-, set of four; see quaternion.]

Examples

  • I think the thing with "carillon" is that it is a whole range of different sounds ... each coins strikes a different note as it hits the others ... a chime is surely a single note?

    At Swim, One Ambassador

  • It was a carillon, that is, a continued mass of real music, in which whole tunes, songs, and elaborate pieces of such length, mass and harmony, as only a choir of many voices, a band of music, or an orchestra of many performers could produce.

    Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks

  • It evolved into what is now known as the carillon - the world's heaviest musical instrument!

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

  • Come down to Hyde Park Sunday at 6pm for a carillon is a huge, ancient instrument which appears to be made out of bells of varying sizes.

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  • Apparently if bells play a recognisable tune, they are different kind of bells and it's called a carillon or something.

    London SE1 community website

  • Come down to Hyde Park Sunday at 6pm for a carillon is a huge, ancient instrument which appears to be made out of bells of varying sizes.

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  • Come down to Hyde Park Sunday at 6pm for a carillon is a huge, ancient instrument which appears to be made out of bells of varying sizes.

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  • "It's a wonderful opportunity to spend an evening together in the park, and also support this carillon, which is a really rare musical treasure," Walker said.

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  • Come down to Hyde Park Sunday at 6pm for a carillon is a huge, ancient instrument which appears to be made out of bells of varying sizes.

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