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carillon

[kar-uh-lon, -luh n or, esp. British, kuh-ril-yuh n] /ˈkær əˌlɒn, -lən or, esp. British, kəˈrɪl yən/
noun
1.
a set of stationary bells hung in a tower and sounded by manual or pedal action, or by machinery.
2.
a set of horizontal metal plates, struck by hammers, used in the modern orchestra.
Origin of carillon
1765-1775
1765-75; < French: set of bells, Old French car(e)ignon, quarregnon < Vulgar Latin *quadriniōn-, re-formation of Late Latin quaterniōn- quaternion; presumably originally a set of four bells
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British Dictionary definitions for carillon

carillon

/kəˈrɪljən/
noun (music)
1.
a set of bells usually hung in a tower and played either by keys and pedals or mechanically
2.
a tune played on such bells
3.
an organ stop giving the effect of a bell
4.
a form of celesta or keyboard glockenspiel
verb -lons, -lonning, -lonned
5.
(intransitive) to play a carillon
Word Origin
C18: from French: set of bells, from Old French quarregnon, ultimately from Latin quattuor four
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Word Origin and History for carillon
n.

1775, from French carillon, which, according to French sources, is from Old French carignon "set of four bells," an alteration of quarregon, from Vulgar Latin *quadrinionem, from Latin quaternionem "set of four," from quater "four times," from PIE *kwetrus, from root *kwetwer- "four" (see four).

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