Definition of cowbell in English:

cowbell

noun

  • 1A bell hung around a cow's neck in order to help locate the animal by the noise it makes.

    • ‘We climb all day, the hot air silent but for the jangle of cowbells.’
    • ‘Walking the Alps is definitely something to savour - mountains, meadows, clanging cowbells - what more could you want?’
    • ‘We could revert to our childhood and have a bit of plastic flapping against the spokes or maybe just an alpine cowbell round our necks?’
    • ‘In an Austrian village where distant cowbells are usually the only sound, the curtain has gone up on one of the world's most unusual festivals.’
    • ‘Others wrote tender little baubles about childhood holidays, first love, baked apples and cowbells.’
    • ‘Both have been surrounded by cowbells and saddles since they were tykes.’
    • ‘Do I have to jump up and down like a monkey, with a cowbell around my neck for anyone to notice me?’
    • ‘Decorated with wagon wheels, barrel-sized cowbells and bullhorns, the room is all about dark, varnished wood and privacy.’
    • ‘I could bear cowbells tinkling from the basalt villages of the Velay, 3000 feet above sea level.’
    • ‘The silence is broken only by the tinkle of a distant cowbell.’
    • ‘I drive down the middle of a meandering road through snug villages and fresh meadows to the sound of tinkling cowbells.’
    • ‘The 50 cm plaster duck has a little cowbell on its neck, to prove that it's really not alive, as the cowbell remains silent.’
    • ‘Visiting a tourist shop, one notices a great number of wooden cows and/or brass cowbells for sale.’
    • ‘These cowbells are ‘hot’ souvenirs, available at practically every shop in Switzerland.’
    • ‘For someone who has always been a fan of high alpine meadows, it seemed a cruel irony to be dragged from sleep by a cowbell.’
    1. 1.1A bell similar to a cowbell used as a percussion instrument, typically without a clapper and struck with a stick.
      • ‘All of these people were ringing cowbells, clapping, and cheering.’
      • ‘At the end of the meal he rings a cowbell to get attention, then tells the story of the island.’
      • ‘On the demo it just had a sort of rockin’ spiffy snare drum, but then we added cowbells and all this stuff.’
      • ‘We do have a Cuban influence also, mostly in the cowbells I use and the rhythms.’
      • ‘But effective culture is not just about rock and roll, clanging cowbells, and dancing chickens.’
      • ‘This time with lyrics, ba-ba-bas, and I think I detected a cowbell in there as well.’
      • ‘Poets who write only poetry are like musicians who play only cowbell: oddly cool, but mostly just odd.’
      • ‘In fact, the high bongo plays on an offbeat while the cowbell simply marks the beat.’
      • ‘You turn around to see eight guys coming toward you, armed with cowbells, drums, horns, and a whistle.’
      • ‘Gaps in the music and added touches of the cowbell add a much funkier dimension to their music.’
      • ‘On Caribbean Odyssey he plays bongos, congas, timbales, cowbells, Hawaiian nose flutes, chimes and even the agogo bells.’
      • ‘It ends with the same three but now they are on cowbells.’
      • ‘Never has a woman worn hats with such aplomb or hit a cowbell so sternly.’
      • ‘With its waltzing piano intro, the cowbell works over-time to rein in the myriad hisses, whirs, and reverberating noises.’
      • ‘The cowbell is a symbol of rock 'n' roll excellence, concentrated in one ‘conk’ sound.’
      • ‘Just as you come off the gondola, there's the ski bar, where the patron rings his cowbell to entice you in.’
      • ‘At five minutes, a cowbell sounded to begin the next round of pitches.’
      • ‘How many 12-bar, cowbell - tapping blues boogies have you heard that deal thematically with nautical history?’
      • ‘It is strange chimes and surprisingly placed cowbells.’
      • ‘Needless to say bring your cowbells, noisemakers, pots and pans, and wit with you if you decide to attend.’
      • ‘A cowbell and trumpet, coupled with a white noise washout of a climax make for a stunning introduction.’

Pronunciation:

cowbell

/ˈkouˌbel/