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[glok-uh n-speel, -shpeel] /ˈglɒk ənˌspil, -ˌʃpil/
a musical instrument composed of a set of graduated steel bars mounted in a frame and struck with hammers, used especially in bands.
Origin of glockenspiel
1815-25; < German, equivalent to Glocken bells + Spiel play Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glockenspiel
  • Plumed and bespangled, they mark time to music, highlighted by the banjo and glockenspiel.
  • The large glockenspiel in the lobby plays holiday carols.
  • It is specially designed to contain a specific musical instrument commonly known as a glockenspiel.
British Dictionary definitions for glockenspiel


/ˈɡlɒkənˌspiːl; -ˌʃpiːl/
a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned metal plates played with a pair of small hammers
Word Origin
C19: German, from Glocken bells + Spiel play
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Word Origin and History for glockenspiel

1825, from German Glockenspiel, literally "play of bells," from Glocke "bell" (see clock) + Spiel "a play."

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