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[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/.
  1. Also timbale case. a small shell made of batter, fried usually in a timbale iron.
  2. a preparation, usually richly sauced, of minced meat, fish, or vegetables served in a timbale or other crust.
  3. 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.
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Origin of timbale

1815–25; < French: literally, kettledrum. See timbal
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Examples from the Web for timbale

Historical Examples of timbale

  • When done, remove paper from the timbale, and carefully lift the mould.

    Margaret Brown's French Cookery Book

    Margaret Brown

  • Butter four timbale moulds, fill with the rice, and then turn them out.

  • Pour it into a small cup just large enough to hold the timbale iron.

  • A rosette iron may be used instead of a timbale iron if desired.

  • Pare the timbale shells after the recipes given with the irons.

British Dictionary definitions for timbale


  1. a mixture of meat, fish, etc, in a rich sauce, cooked in a mould lined with potato or pastry
  2. a plain straight-sided mould in which such a dish is prepared
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Word Origin for timbale

C19: from French: kettledrum
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