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



    BrE BrE//trɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//trɪl//
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  1. 1a repeated short high sound made, for example, by somebody’s voice or by a bird
  2. 2 (music) the sound made when two notes next to each other in the musical scale are played or sung quickly several times one after the other
  3. 3 (also roll) (phonetics) a sound, usually a /r/, produced by making the tongue vibrate against a part of the mouth See related entries: Phonetics
  4. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Italian trillo (noun), trillare (verb).
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