- the loud ringing of a bell or set of bells
- a set of tuned bells; chimes; carillon
- the ringing of changes on such a set of bells
- any loud, prolonged sound, as of gunfire, thunder, laughter, etc.
Origin of pealMiddle English pele, aphetic for apele, appeal
- A ringing of a set of bells, especially a change or set of changes rung on bells.
- A set of bells tuned to each other; a chime.
- A loud burst of noise: peals of laughter.
verbpealed, peal·ing, peals
Origin of pealMiddle English pele a bell peal, especially as a summons to church short for apel appeal ; see appeal .
(third-person singular simple present peals, present participle pealing, simple past and past participle pealed)