or ta·ber, ta·bour

[ tey-ber ]
/ ˈteɪ bər /


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.


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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


ta·bor·er, ta·bour·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for 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
  • Waking an hour later, she chanced to look casually at the tabour.

British Dictionary definitions for tabour (1 of 2)

/ (ˈteɪbə) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for tabour (2 of 2)



/ (ˈteɪbə) /


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 forms of tabor

taborer or tabourer, noun

Word Origin for tabor

C13: from Old French tabour, perhaps from Persian tabīr
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