Tintinnabulation

Tintinnabulation

ˌtin(t)əˌnabyəˈlāSH(ə)n

Noun

  • A ringing or tinkling sound.

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Example Sentences

“The bell in the town hall tower used to produce a loud tintinnabulation, but it’s been broken for years.” 

“The handbell choir at my church produces the most beautiful tintinnabulation.”

“The faint tintinnabulation in my ears is starting to irritate me.”

Word Origin

Latin, mid-19th century

Why this word?

“Tintinnabulation” is a fancy word for “the ringing of bells.” It comes directly from the Latin “tintinnabulum,” which means “tinkling bell. People might be slightly more familiar with a related medical term for a chronic ringing in the ears: “tinnitus.”

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