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[tam-boo-rin; French tahn-boo-ran] /ˈtæm bʊ rɪn; French tɑ̃ bʊˈrɛ̃/
noun, plural tambourins
[tam-boo-rinz; French tahn-boo-ran] /ˈtæm bʊ rɪnz; French tɑ̃ bʊˈrɛ̃/ (Show IPA)
a long narrow drum of Provence.
an old Provençal dance in duple meter, accompanied by a drone bass or by a steady drumbeat.
the music for this dance.
Origin of tambourin
1790-1800; < French < Provençal tamborin, diminutive of tambor tambour Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She couldna haud a candle to her sister Phemie in tambourin' or in ginger-breid.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • A troop of proud, joyous Vascons soon arrived, dancing a tambourin.

    Voltaire's Romances Franois-Marie Arouet
  • It was Kreisler's tambourin Chinois that the student played.

    Violin Mastery Frederick H. Martens
  • After the winding was over, the songs and dances began to the music of a tambourin.

  • The "Caf de l'Ermitage" is only a recollection, and the "tambourin" has changed its name and title.

    Legends August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for tambourin


an 18th-century Provençal folk dance
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
a small drum
Word Origin
C18: from French: a little drum, from tambour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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