Definition of glockenspiel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡläkənˌspēl/
Pronunciation: /ˈɡläkənˌSHpēl/


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A musical percussion instrument having a set of tuned metal pieces mounted in a frame and struck with small hammers.
Example sentences
  • The former work is rather seductive, thanks in part to the coos of the vocalists and also because of the exotic tones of the marimbas, glockenspiels, and metallophone.
  • A marimba also is essentially a set of wooden bars, while the glockenspiel and vibraphone involve metal bars.
  • The arrangements are spare yet sky-wide, occasionally visited by banjos, accordions, glockenspiels, and theremin.


Early 19th century (denoting an organ stop imitating the sound of bells): from German Glockenspiel, literally 'bell-play'.

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Syllabification: glock·en·spiel

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