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[tim-bruh l]
  1. a tambourine or similar instrument.
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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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Historical Examples of timbrel

  • They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects

    James Anthony Froude

  • Some neglect him entirely; skipping lightly from Timbrel to Timbuctoo.

    Chimney-Pot Papers

    Charles S. Brooks

  • It is his own daughter, his only child, going out to meet him with the timbrel and with dances.

    Oriental Women

    Edward Bagby Pollard

  • Here are the trumpets, the harp, the psaltery, and the timbrel.

  • Tympanum is used for a timbrel or drum, tympanidia a diminutive of it.

    Cicero's Tusculan Disputations

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

British Dictionary definitions for timbrel


  1. mainly Bible another word for tambourine
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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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