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

  • n. A small, tinkling bell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small clinking bell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bell; also, a set or combination of bells or metal plates used as a musical instrument or as a toy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bell; specifically, a grelot: especially applied to such an object of antique Roman origin.
  • n. A rattle formed of small bells or small plates of metal.


Middle English, from Latin tintinnābulum, from tintinnāre, to jingle, reduplication of tinnīre, to ring, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tintinnābulum ("bell"). (Wiktionary)



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