cymbal

[ sim-buh l ]
/ ˈsɪm bəl /

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.

Origin of cymbal

before 900; Middle English; Old English cymbala < Medieval Latin, variant of cymbalum < Latin < Greek kýmbalon, variant of kýmbos, kýmbē hollow object

Related forms

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

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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Culture 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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