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



    BrE BrE//piːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//piːl//
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  1. 1peal (of something) a loud sound or series of sounds She burst into peals of laughter.
  2. 2the loud ringing sound of a bell a peal of bells rang out
  3. 3a set of bells that all have different notes; a musical pattern that can be rung on a set of bells
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: shortening of appeal.Extra examples She let out a peal of laughter. The bells of the cathedral rang out their loud peal. The bishop was welcomed to the church with a peal of bells.
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