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[tey-ber] /ˈteɪ bər/
noun, Music.


or taber, tabour

[tey-ber] /ˈteɪ bər/
a small drum formerly used to accompany oneself on a pipe or fife.
verb (used without object)
to play upon or as if upon a tabor; drum.
verb (used with object)
to strike or beat, as on a tabor.
Origin of tabor
1250-1300; (noun) Middle English < Old French tab(o)ur; see tambour; (v.) Middle English tabouren, derivative of the noun or < Old French taborer, derivative of tab(o)ur
Related forms
taborer, tabourer, noun Unabridged
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  • One day his office-boy brought in word that Mrs. taber would like to see him.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • Do you think there's as much danger in this thing as taber says?

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • An hour later, back at his own phone, taber got a second call from Callahan.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • taber considered the question as he downed a healthy belt from the glass.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • Dr. Entman shook his head sadly, certain that taber had slipped a cog.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • But before she could decide whether she was or not, taber turned to the phone.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • He took the situation in and understood taber's frantic gesture.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • I will teach the children their behaviours; and I will be like a jack-an-apes also, to burn the knight with my taber.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
  • taber saw his face in the light streaming from the living room—he seemed frightened.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • Glιᵹbeam, ᵹlιpbeam (glig or glee-beam), tympanum; a timbrel or taber.

British Dictionary definitions for taber


Mount Tabor, a mountain in N Israel, near Nazareth: traditionally regarded as the mountain where the Transfiguration took place. Height: 588 m (1929 ft)


(music) a small drum used esp in the Middle Ages, struck with one hand while the other held a three-holed pipe See pipe1 (sense 7)
Derived Forms
taborer, tabourer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French tabour, perhaps from Persian tabīr
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Word Origin and History for taber



"small drum resembling a tamborine," late 13c., from Old French tabour, tabur "drum" (11c.), probably from Persian tabir "drum," but evolution of sense and form are uncertain. Related to tambourine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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