[tam-boo-rin; French tahn-boo-ran]

noun, plural tam·bou·rins [tam-boo-rinz; French tahn-boo-ran] /ˈtæm bʊ rɪnz; French tɑ̃ bʊˈrɛ̃/.

a long narrow drum of Provence.
an old Provençal dance in duple meter, accompanied by a drone bass or by a steady drumbeat.
the music for this dance.

Origin of tambourin

1790–1800; < French < Provençal tamborin, diminutive of tambor tambour
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Examples from the Web for tambourin

Historical Examples of tambourin

  • She couldna haud a candle to her sister Phemie in tambourin' or in ginger-breid.


    (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro

  • A troop of proud, joyous Vascons soon arrived, dancing a tambourin.

    Voltaire's Romances

    Franois-Marie Arouet

  • It was Kreisler's Tambourin Chinois that the student played.

    Violin Mastery

    Frederick H. Martens

  • After the winding was over, the songs and dances began to the music of a tambourin.

  • The "Caf de l'Ermitage" is only a recollection, and the "Tambourin" has changed its name and title.


    August Strindberg

British Dictionary definitions for tambourin



an 18th-century Provençal folk dance
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
a small drum

Word Origin for tambourin

C18: from French: a little drum, from tambour
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