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or tym·pa·ni

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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. a set of kettledrums, especially as used in an orchestra or band.
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Origin of timpani

< Italian, plural of timpano kettledrum < Latin tympanum < Greek týmpanon
Related formstim·pa·nist, noun
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Related Words for timpani

pan, kettledrum, timpani

British Dictionary definitions for timpani



pl n
  1. (sometimes functioning as singular) a set of kettledrums, two or more in numberOften (informal) shortened to: timps
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Derived Formstimpanist or tympanist, noun

Word Origin for timpani

from Italian, pl of timpano kettledrum, from Latin: tympanum
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Word Origin and History for timpani


1876, plural of timpano (1740), from Italian timpani "drums," from Latin tympanum "drum" (see tympanum).

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timpani in Culture



Italian for kettledrums; the term timpani is often preferred by composers and performers.

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