tintinnabulation

The noun tintinnabulation refers to a bell-like sound, like the tintinnabulation of wind chimes blowing in the breeze.

The sound of bells ringing, like church bells on a Sunday morning, can be called tintinnabulation. You can describe similar sounds that way, too — like the telephone's tintinnabulation or the tintinnabulation of your sister's silver bracelets tinkling together as she walks. The Latin word tintinnabulum means "bell," and Edgar Allen Poe popularized tintinnabulation's usage in the aptly named poem "The Bells."

Definitions of tintinnabulation
  1. noun
    the sound of a bell ringing
    synonyms: ring, ringing
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    types:
    bell ringing
    the sound of someone playing a set of bells
    type of:
    sound
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
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