Definition of carillon in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈkarɪlɒn//kəˈrɪljən//ˈkarɪljən/


  • 1A set of bells played using a keyboard or by an automatic mechanism similar to a piano roll.

    • ‘The 52-bell carillon in Ghent, Belgium, is 700 years old and was the largest in the world until it was surpassed in 1925 by the 53-bell carillon at the Park Avenue Baptist Church in New York City.’
    • ‘It is known, however, that the carillon of the cathedral was said to have played it in the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon is the second-largest carillon in the world.’
    • ‘They visited many places of interest during their stay including the magnificent St Colman's Cathedral in Cobh which is constructed in a French Gothic style and has a carillon of 47 bells, one of the largest in these islands.’
    • ‘More than a century later, president James Verdin runs a $20-million company that produces clocks, bell and clock towers, glockenspiels, and - in a nod to the 21st century - digital electronic carillons.’
    • ‘The hour-long recitals on the cathedral's 49-bell carillon will be given by the resident and guest carillonneurs.’
    • ‘The campus community will observe 10 minutes of silence at noon, followed by a 12: 10 p.m. carillon concert by ISU carillonneur Tin-shi Tam and a program from the front steps of Curtiss Hall.’
    • ‘Presiding over it all and exemplifying the liberal spirit is the imposing multi - faith Rockefeller chapel whose 72-bell carillon rings out grandly on summer nights.’
    • ‘The carillon system is unusual in that there are no bells.’
    • ‘But today my spirit was warmed and lifted by the unexpected tolling of the carillons for one transcendent moment.’
    • ‘In all of Canada there are only eleven true carillons, which must have at least 23 bells and must be played from a keyboard by a human being, not a machine.’
    • ‘Prayer is one way to get you closer to God, but the Anglican Bishop of Grafton, Philip Huggins used more earthly means - a cherry picker to be precise - during Saturday's blessing of the new six-bell carillon at St Andrews Church.’
    • ‘There was a revival of interest in both the organ and the carillon; in addition, the region became a centre for music education, and was especially active in the rediscovery of early music.’
    • ‘Cyril Johnston is credited as the man who rediscovered the art of bell tuning, an art form which had been lost for more than 200 years, and made the name of Gillett and Johnston synonomous with bells and carillons throughout the world.’
    • ‘There's a large number of carillons put in and never maintained.’
    • ‘The pinned barrel had been used from quite early times for carillons, and for musical clocks and boxes of all sizes, often incorporating organ pipes.’
    • ‘Police, fire and ambulance workers also led commemorations in Leeds' Millennium Square and Centenary Square, Bradford, where the town hall's Victorian carillon played The Star Spangled Banner.’
    • ‘Although the itinerary has not been finalised she intends to show the conference delegates around some of the Bay's best examples, including the Veronica Bell and the Clive Square carillon bells.’
    • ‘I have several CDs of the device, the giant wooden cage with bronze bells hanging from them, played by massive keys pounded by the fists and feet: the carillon.’
    • ‘At the bandstand in the magnificent Kennedy Gardens, Cobh Fraternity Band struck up concert music contrasting sharply with the more solemn 49 bell carillon of St Colman's Cathedral.’
    1. 1.1A tune played on a carillon.
      • ‘The Nieuwe Kerk's carillon came streaming around me, and then the cold breezy air was filled with the celestial silvery noise of thousands of bells ringing out midday from all the towers and steeples of Delft.’
      • ‘But in the end, the only bell that mattered was the noontime carillon that brought workers in for their one hearty meal at home.’
      • ‘Handel makes delicious use of a carillon in the soprano aria ‘Or let the merry bells ring round’.’
      • ‘We look forward to a successful appeal, and hopefully in the not-too-distant future to hearing the melodious tones of the carillon once again.’


Late 18th century: from French, from Old French quarregnon peal of four bells, based on Latin quattuor four.