One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A ringing or tinkling sound.‘the tiny tintinnabulation, faint as fairy bells’
clank, clanking, clink, clinking, chink, chinking, jangling, jingle, jingling, clash, clashing, clang, clanging, rattle, rattling, clangourView synonyms
- ‘People who were further away from the Minster probably had a better chance of hearing the tintinnabulation because the sound travelled well - despite failing to reach the ears of those gathered right underneath.’
- ‘The trees around them were thin and willowy, soft breezes shook their leaves and sounded like cheery tintinnabulations ringing throughout the air.’
- ‘Inside: the mellifluous cacophony of the gaming machines, the tintinnabulations of the bells.’
- ‘If you can't hear in that the tintinnabulation of heaven, then you have a J-cloth ear and a Bakelite soul.’
- ‘The playing here instantly suggests ebullience, inspiration, and the threat of permanent tintinnabulation.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin tintinnabulum ‘tinkling bell’ (from tintinnare, reduplication of tinnire ‘to ring, tinkle’) + -ation.
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