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cymbal

[ sim-buhl ]
/ ˈsɪm bəl /
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noun
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.
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Origin of cymbal

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English cymbal, cymbala, from Old French cymbale, cymble , and from Medieval Latin cymbalum, from Latin, from Greek kýmbalon, derivative of kýmbos, kýmbē “hollow vessel, cup”

OTHER WORDS FROM cymbal

cym·bal·er, cym·bal·eer, cym·bal·ist, nouncym·bal·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cymbal

cymbal
/ (ˈsɪmbəl) /

noun
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

Derived forms of cymbal

cymbaler, cymbaleer or cymbalist, nouncymbal-like, adjective

Word Origin for cymbal

Old English cymbala, from Medieval Latin, from Latin cymbalum, from Greek kumbalon, from kumbē something hollow
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Cultural definitions for cymbal

cymbal

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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