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noun Music.
  1. tabor.


or ta·ber, ta·bour

  1. a small drum formerly used to accompany oneself on a pipe or fife.
verb (used without object)
  1. to play upon or as if upon a tabor; drum.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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 formsta·bor·er, ta·bour·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for taber

Historical Examples

  • The Richard is for his father, you know; the Taber he gets from his mother—also his red hair.

    Torchy, Private Sec.

    Sewell Ford

  • Do you think there's as much danger in this thing as Taber says?

    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

  • Somehow, Crane had to get on the track of the tenth android Taber was hunting.

    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

British Dictionary definitions for taber


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



  1. music a small drum used esp in the Middle Ages, struck with one hand while the other held a three-holed pipeSee pipe 1 (def. 7)
Derived Formstaborer or 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.

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