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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


[tey-ber] /ˈteɪ bər/
Mount, a mountain in N Israel, E of Nazareth. 1929 feet (588 meters). Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tabor
Contemporary Examples
  • “The method combines technologies that have been developed over the last 30 or so years of molecular biology,” tabor explains.

Historical Examples
  • In fact, we overlooked the tribe or inheritance of Zebulon from Carmel to tabor.

  • Ireland only uses and delights in two instruments—the harp and tabor.

  • Scotland has three—the harp, the tabor and the crowth or crowd.

  • They were not allowed to play the flute, but could indulge in the tabor and other instruments.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • And they loved dancing with the girls to the music of pipe and tabor.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • Then you shall go on from there and come to the oak of tabor.

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • It was sent out to him, and he and Bob ran round to Broker tabor's office.

    Halsey & Co. H. K. Shackleford
  • By one such mental expert he was carted off to a sanatorium on Mt. tabor.

  • What should we become on our tabor, if we were allowed to build our tabernacles there?

    Sermons Clement Bailhache
British Dictionary definitions for tabor


(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


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

"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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