A carillon in a bell tower in Belgium.
carillon definition by Webster's New World
- a set of stationary bells, each producing a different musical tone, now usually sounded by means of a keyboard
- a musical instrument that produces such tones electronically
- a composition for the carillon
- an organ stop producing a carillonlike sound
Origin: French chime of bells (orig. composed of four) ; from Old French carrignon ; from Late Latin quaternio: see quaternary
carillon definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A stationary set of chromatically tuned bells in a tower, usually played from a keyboard.
- A composition written or arranged for these bells.
Origin: French, alteration of Old French quarregnon, from Late Latin quaterniō, quaterniōn-, set of four; see quaternion.