Glockenspiel meaning

glŏk'ən-spēl', -shpēl'
A musical instrument of the percussion family of instruments; like the xylophone, it has tuned bars arranged like the keys on a piano, and is also smaller in size and higher in pitch.
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A percussion instrument with a series of metal bars tuned to the chromatic scale and played with two light hammers.
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A percussion instrument with chromatically tuned, flat metal bars set in a frame, that produce bell-like tones when struck with small hammers.
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Origin of glockenspiel

  • German Glocken pl. of Glocke bell (from Middle High German) (from Old High German glocka) (of imitative origin) Spiel play spiel
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • from German Glockenspiel (lit., bells-play)
    From Wiktionary