carillon

[kar-uh-lon, -luhn or, esp. British, kuh-ril-yuhn]
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:
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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carillon (kəˈrɪljən)
 
n
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
 
vb , -lons, -lonning, -lonned
5.  (intr) to play a carillon
 
[C18: from French: set of bells, from Old French quarregnon, ultimately from Latin quattuor four]

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carillon
1775, from Fr., from O.Fr. carignon "set of four bells," from L. quaternionem "set of four."
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Example sentences
Some have reveled in the music, carrying picnic baskets to the foot of the carillon tower on campus.
It takes panache to play a large outdoor carillon and inflict your art, unbidden, on a neighborhood.
Once an hour a random song played by an on site carillon tower echoes throughout the rolling grounds.
The tranquility of this magnificent setting is further enhanced by a carillon tower which plays a different hymn each hour.
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