- 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
Examples from the Web for cymbal
His neck is always craned, ears pricked, waiting for cymbal splash of Art happening.Geoff Dyer Takes on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Film ‘Stalker’ in ‘Zona’
February 25, 2012
The cymbal of the Austrian gypsies is a stringed instrument, like the zitter.The Gypsies
Charles G. Leland
Formerly the girls would dance to the sound of song and cymbal.Expositor's Bible: The Song of Solomon
And now the trio was a trio of castanet smacks and cymbal claps.Sea and Sardinia
D. H. Lawrence
He worshipped the lofty, but it was with tabor and cymbal and high-sounding lute.The Sword of Damocles
Anna Katharine Green
The band opened with a terrifying clash of cymbal, and thump of drum.Cheerful--By Request
- 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 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."