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[tim-bruh l] /ˈtɪm brəl/
a tambourine or similar instrument.
Origin of timbrel
1490-1500; earlier timbre drum (see timbre) + -el diminutive suffix
Related forms
timbreled, timbrelled, adjective
timbrelist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for timbrel
Historical Examples
  • When they passed the Red Sea, Miriam and the maidens danced in chorus with singing and the beating of the timbrel (tambour).

  • They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects James Anthony Froude
  • All last night you were absent from your post, passing the wine cup, striking the timbrel—what do I know or care?

    Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
  • Some neglect him entirely; skipping lightly from timbrel to Timbuctoo.

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • When he drew near the house the chorus within were still practising “Strike the timbrel.”

    Madelon Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Here are the trumpets, the harp, the psaltery, and the timbrel.

  • Praise him with timbrel and choir: praise him with strings and organs.

  • Tympanum is used for a timbrel or drum, tympanidia a diminutive of it.

    Cicero's Tusculan Disputations Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • It is his own daughter, his only child, going out to meet him with the timbrel and with dances.

    Oriental Women Edward Bagby Pollard
  • They take the timbrel, and the harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.

British Dictionary definitions for timbrel


(mainly Bible) another word for tambourine
Word Origin
C16: from Old French; see timbre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for timbrel

"percussive Middle Eastern instrument," c.1500, diminutive of timbre (q.v.) in its older French sense of "drum." Used in Bible translations, chiefly to render Hebrew toph, cognate with Arabic duff "drum," of imitative origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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