or ta·ber, ta·bour
- a small drum formerly used to accompany oneself on a pipe or fife.
- to play upon or as if upon a tabor; drum.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for taber
The Richard is for his father, you know; the Taber he gets from his mother—also his red hair.Torchy, Private Sec.
Do you think there's as much danger in this thing as Taber says?
Somehow, Crane had to get on the track of the tenth android Taber was hunting.
An hour later, back at his own phone, Taber got a second call from Callahan.
He took the situation in and understood Taber's frantic gesture.
- 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 pipeSee pipe 1 (def. 7)
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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