[tim-bruh l]

Origin of timbrel

1490–1500; earlier timbre drum (see timbre) + -el diminutive suffix
Related formstim·breled, tim·brelled, adjectivetim·brel·ist, noun
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  1. mainly Bible another word for tambourine

Word Origin for timbrel

C16: from Old French; see timbre
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Word Origin and History for timbrel

"percussive Middle Eastern instrument," c.1500, diminutive of timbre (q.v.) in its older French sense of "drum." Used in Bible translations, chiefly to render Hebrew toph, cognate with Arabic duff "drum," of imitative origin.

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