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tympani

[tim-puh-nee]
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plural noun (often used with a singular verb)
  1. timpani.

timpani

or tym·pa·ni

[tim-puh-nee]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. a set of kettledrums, especially as used in an orchestra or band.

Origin of timpani

< Italian, plural of timpano kettledrum < Latin tympanum < Greek týmpanon
Related formstim·pa·nist, noun
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Examples from the Web for tympani

Historical Examples

  • I stay in my attic room and play upon my tympani, my beloved children.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • I am a poet, and play upon the tympani; the conductor and the orchestra are boors.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • In the “battery” the instruments of prime importance are the tympani.

  • But I begin to feel the call of New York on the tympani of my blood globules.

  • A few taps of the tympani, with which the composition ends, give the ring of finality.

    Franz Liszt

    James Huneker


British Dictionary definitions for tympani

tympani

pl n
  1. a variant spelling of timpani

timpani

tympani

pl n
  1. (sometimes functioning as singular) a set of kettledrums, two or more in numberOften (informal) shortened to: timps
Derived Formstimpanist or tympanist, noun

Word Origin

from Italian, pl of timpano kettledrum, from Latin: tympanum
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Word Origin and History for tympani

timpani

n.

1876, plural of timpano (1740), from Italian timpani "drums," from Latin tympanum "drum" (see tympanum).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tympani in Culture

timpani

[(tim-puh-nee)]

Italian for kettledrums; the term timpani is often preferred by composers and performers.

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