a concave plate of brass or bronze that produces a sharp, ringing sound when struck: played either in pairs, by being struck together, or singly, by being struck with a drumstick or the like.
Origin of cymbal
before 900; Middle English; Old English cymbala < Medieval Latin, variant of cymbalum < Latin < Greek kýmbalon, variant of kýmbos, kýmbē hollow objectRelated formscym·bal·er, cym·bal·eer, cym·bal·ist, nouncym·bal·like, adjective
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The cymbal of the Austrian gypsies is a stringed instrument, like the zitter.
Formerly the girls would dance to the sound of song and cymbal.
And now the trio was a trio of castanet smacks and cymbal claps.
He worshipped the lofty, but it was with tabor and cymbal and high-sounding lute.
The band opened with a terrifying clash of cymbal, and thump of drum.
British Dictionary definitions for cymbal
Derived Formscymbaler, cymbaleer or cymbalist, nouncymbal-like, adjective
a percussion instrument of indefinite pitch consisting of a thin circular piece of brass, which vibrates when clashed together with another cymbal or struck with a stick
Word Origin for cymbal
Old English cymbala, from Medieval Latin, from Latin cymbalum, from Greek kumbalon, from kumbē something hollow
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Word Origin and History for cymbal
from Old English cimbal and from Old French cymbale (13c.), both from Latin cymbalum, from Greek kymbalon "a cymbal," from kymbe "bowl, drinking cup."
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A large, round metal plate used as a percussion instrument. Cymbals can be crashed together in pairs or struck singly with a drumstick, and they are used in dance bands, jazz bands, and orchestras.
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