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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tabour

Historical Examples of tabour

  • Waking an hour later, she chanced to look casually at the tabour.

  • In earliest days of the Morris, music was made by a simple pipe, by pipe and tabour, or the bagpipe.

    The Morris Book

    Cecil J. Sharp

  • The "Feu St. Jean" was solemnly lit by the senior sheriff, to the sound of pipe and tabour.

    The Story of Rouen

    Sir Theodore Andrea Cook

British Dictionary definitions for tabour



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)
Derived Formstaborer or tabourer, noun

Word Origin for tabor

C13: from Old French tabour, perhaps from Persian tabīr
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Word Origin and History for tabour



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper