[tim-buh l; for 1, 2 also French tan-bal; Spanish teem-bah-le 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.

Origin of timbale

1815–25; < French: literally, kettledrum. See timbal
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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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