Definition of tintinnabulation in US English:



  • A ringing or tinkling sound.

    • ‘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 playing here instantly suggests ebullience, inspiration, and the threat of permanent tintinnabulation.’
    • ‘If you can't hear in that the tintinnabulation of heaven, then you have a J-cloth ear and a Bakelite soul.’
    • ‘Inside: the mellifluous cacophony of the gaming machines, the tintinnabulations of the bells.’
    • ‘The trees around them were thin and willowy, soft breezes shook their leaves and sounded like cheery tintinnabulations ringing throughout the air.’
    clank, clanking, clink, clinking, chink, chinking, jangling, jingle, jingling, clash, clashing, clang, clanging, rattle, rattling, clangour
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Mid 19th century: from Latin tintinnabulum ‘tinkling bell’ (from tintinnare, reduplication of tinnire ‘to ring, tinkle’) + -ation.