or ta·ber, ta·bour
- a small drum formerly used to accompany oneself on a pipe or fife.
- to play upon or as if upon a tabor; drum.
- to strike or beat, as on a tabor.
Origin of tabor
1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Old French tab(o)ur; see tambour; (v.) Middle English tabouren, derivative of the noun or < Old French taborer, derivative of tab(o)ur
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- Mount Tabor a mountain in N Israel, near Nazareth: traditionally regarded as the mountain where the Transfiguration took place. Height: 588 m (1929 ft)
- music a small drum used esp in the Middle Ages, struck with one hand while the other held a three-holed pipeSee pipe 1 (def. 7)
C13: from Old French tabour, perhaps from Persian tabīr
Word Origin and History for tabering
"small drum resembling a tamborine," late 13c., from Old French tabour, tabur "drum" (11c.), probably from Persian tabir "drum," but evolution of sense and form are uncertain. Related to tambourine.
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