noun Etymology: diminutive of obsolete English timbre small drum, tambourine, from Middle English, from Anglo-French, drum Date: circa 1520 a small hand drum or tambourine • timbrelled adjective

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  • Timbrel — or tabret (the tof of the ancient Hebrews, the deff of Islam, the adufe of the Moors of Spain), the principal musical instrument of percussion of the Israelites, similar to the modern tambourine. The word timbrel is used in the Old Testament in… …   Wikipedia

  • Timbrel — Tim brel, n. [Dim. of OE. timbre, OF. timbre; probably fr. L. typmanum, Gr. ? a kettledrum, but influenced perhaps by Ar. tabl a drum; cf. Per. tambal a drum. See {Tympanum}, and cf. 2d {Timbre}, {Tymbal}.] (Mus.) A kind of drum, tabor, or tabret …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • timbrel — (n.) percussive Middle Eastern instrument, c.1500, dim. of TIMBRE (Cf. timbre) (q.v.) in its older French sense of drum. Used in Bible translations, chiefly to render Heb. taph, cognate with Arabic duff drum, of imitative origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • timbrel — [tim′brəl] n. [dim. of ME timbre < OFr: see TIMBRE] an ancient type of tambourine …   English World dictionary

  • timbrel — timbreled, timbrelled, adj. timbrelist, n. /tim breuhl/, n. a tambourine or similar instrument. [1490 1500; earlier timbre drum (see TIMBRE) + el dim. suffix] * * * …   Universalium

  • timbrel — noun An ancient percussion instrument rather like a simple tambourine …   Wiktionary

  • Timbrel —    (Heb. toph), a small drum or tambourine; a tabret (q.v.). The antiquity of this musical instrument appears from the scriptural allusions to it (Gen. 31:27; Ex. 15:20; Judg. 11:34, etc.) (See Music.) …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Timbrel — A popular instrument in this period, very like the modern tambourine …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • timbrel — Synonyms and related words: bongo drum, conga, drum, drumhead, drumskin, drumstick, jazz stick, kettle, kettledrum, membranophone, side drum, snare, snare drum, tabor, taboret, tabret, tam tam, tambourine, tenor drum, timpani, tom tom, troll drum …   Moby Thesaurus

  • timbrel — tim|brel [ˈtımbrəl] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: timbre tambourine (14 16 centuries), from Old French; TIMBRE] old use a ↑tambourine …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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