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[ tim-buh l; for 1, 2 also French tan-bal; Spanish teem-bah-le for 3 ]
/ ˈtɪm bəl; for 1, 2 also French tɛ̃ˈbal; Spanish timˈbɑ lɛ for 3 /

noun, plural tim·bales [tim-buh lz; for 1, 2 also French tan-bal] /ˈtɪm bəlz; for 1, 2 also French tɛ̃ˈbal/.

Also timbale case. a small shell made of batter, fried usually in a timbale iron.
a preparation, usually richly sauced, of minced meat, fish, or vegetables served in a timbale or other crust.
timbales. Also called tim·ba·les cre·o·les [Spanish teem-bah-les kre-aw-les] /Spanish timˈbɑ lɛs krɛˈɔ lɛs/. two conjoined Afro-Cuban drums similar to bongos but wider in diameter and played with drumsticks instead of the hands.

Nearby words

tim, tim., timarau, timaru, timbal, timbale, timbale iron, timber, timber beetle, timber cruiser, timber hitch

Origin of timbale

1815–25; < French: literally, kettledrum. See timbal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for timbale


/ (tæmˈbɑːl, French tɛ̃bal) /


a mixture of meat, fish, etc, in a rich sauce, cooked in a mould lined with potato or pastry
a plain straight-sided mould in which such a dish is prepared

Word Origin for timbale

C19: from French: kettledrum
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