Todays Word: tintinnabulation

Word: tintinnabulation

PRONUNCIATION:

(tin-ti-nab-yuh-LAY-shuhn) 

MEANING:

noun: The ringing of or the sound of bells. 

ETYMOLOGY:

From Latin tintinnabulum (bell), from tintinnare (to ring, jingle), reduplication of tinnire (to ring), of imitative origin. Earliest documented use: 1831, in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Bells. 

USAGE:

“Abigail gazed to the sea where splashing surf sounded like the tintinnabulation of a thousand tiny bells.”
Tony Baker; A True Story; The New Zealand Herald (Auckland); Aug 19, 2008. 

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