or ta·ber, ta·bour



a small drum formerly used to accompany oneself on a pipe or fife.

verb (used without object)

to play upon or as if upon a tabor; drum.

verb (used with object)

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
Related formsta·bor·er, ta·bour·er, noun




Mount, a mountain in N Israel, E of Nazareth. 1929 feet (588 meters). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of tabor

  • “The method combines technologies that have been developed over the last 30 or so years of molecular biology,” Tabor explains.

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British Dictionary definitions for tabor




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)
Derived Formstaborer or tabourer, noun

Word Origin for tabor

C13: from Old French tabour, perhaps from Persian tabīr



Mount Tabor a mountain in N Israel, near Nazareth: traditionally regarded as the mountain where the Transfiguration took place. Height: 588 m (1929 ft)
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Word Origin and History for tabor

"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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