Definition of chime noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//tʃaɪm//
; NAmE NAmE//tʃaɪm//
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a ringing sound, especially one that is made by a bell door chimes This electronic door chime can play over 100 different popular tunes. see also wind chimes Word OriginMiddle English (in the senses ‘cymbal’ and ‘ring out’): probably from Old English cimbal (from Latin cymbalum, from Greek kumbalon, from kumbē ‘cup’), later interpreted as chime bell.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chime