- Middle English (in the senses 'cymbal' and 'ring out'): probably from Old English cimbal
: a bell or a metal bar or tube, tuned and used in a set to produce a melodious series of ringing sounds when struck
<the warm breeze whispered through the chimes hanging from the balcony ceiling>
: a melodious ringing sound produced by striking a set of chimes
<the chimes of Big Ben>
chime. (2013). In Oxford Online Dictionary.
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