Origin of timbre
Examples from the Web for timbre
He has a voice not dissimilar in timbre and penetrative ability to the incredibly annoying comedian Stephen Merchant.
The power, timbre, and range of her voice made her performance the best part of the night.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.|David Masciotra|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The cat ceased snarling and presently began a loud purring which seemed to increase in timbre as he stroked her.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You can see this poetry realized in the timbre and pace of the “mad as hell” speech.Paddy Chayefsky: The Dark Prophet of ‘Network’ News|Tim Teeman|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Each of the clones behaves in her own unique way, each with her own distinctive body language, timbre, and sensibilities.Emmy Awards’ Dark Horse Nominee: Tatiana Maslany of ‘Orphan Black’|Jace Lacob|June 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The organ assumes at birth a form; this form is called the timbre or tone, This tone corresponds to the constitutional form.Delsarte System of Oratory|Various
The "timbre" of a people's stories tells of the qualities of that people's heart.Myths and Legends of the Sioux|Marie L. McLaughlin
It is by timbre that we distinguish voices as we distinguish features.The Voice|Frank E. Miller
The voice changes in timbre and becomes high-pitched and monotonous.
According to Darmstetter the word ‘timbre’ is own brother to ‘tambour,’ both being derived from a low Latin form of tympanum.Rustic Sounds|Francis Darwin
British Dictionary definitions for timbre
Word Origin for timbre
Word Origin and History for timbre
"characteristic quality of a musical sound," 1849, from French timbre "quality of a sound," earlier "sound of a bell," from Old French, "bell without a clapper," originally "drum," probably via Medieval Greek *timbanon, from Greek tympanon "kettledrum" (see tympanum). Timbre was used in Old French (13c.) and Middle English (14c.) to render Latin tympanum in Ps. 150.