[tam-boo r, tam-boo r]
- Music. a drum.
- a drum player.
- Also called tabaret. a circular frame consisting of two hoops, one fitting within the other, in which cloth is stretched for embroidering.
- embroidery done on such a frame.
- Furniture. a flexible shutter used as a desk top or in place of a door, composed of a number of closely set wood strips attached to a piece of cloth, the whole sliding in grooves along the sides or at the top and bottom.
- Architecture. drum1(def 10).
- Court Tennis. a sloping buttress opposite the penthouse, on the hazard side of the court.
- to embroider on a tambour.
Origin of tambour
1475–85; < Middle French: drum ≪ Arabic tanbūr lute < Medieval Greek pandoúra; cf. bandore
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Examples from the Web for tambour
But no, he never noticed him no more than the tambour that beat the rappel.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
Another work for the stage is the comic opera, "Tambour Battant."Woman's Work in Music
For stitching through, there is a finer thread, called "tambour."Art in Needlework
Lewis F. Day
Limerick lace is of two kinds, known as the tambour and run lace.One Irish Summer
William Eleroy Curtis
At length the tambour in the great temple sounded the signal of assemblage.The Fair God
- real tennis the sloping buttress on one side of the receiver's end of the court
- a small round embroidery frame, consisting of two concentric hoops over which the fabric is stretched while being worked
- embroidered work done on such a frame
- a sliding door on desks, cabinets, etc, made of thin strips of wood glued side by side onto a canvas backing
- architect a wall that is circular in plan, esp one that supports a dome or one that is surrounded by a colonnade
- a drum
- to embroider (fabric or a design) on a tambour
C15: from French, from tabour tabor
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