[ tim-puh-nee ]
/ ˈtɪm pə ni /
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
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
OTHER WORDS FROM timpanitim·pa·nist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for timpani
/ (ˈtɪmpənɪ) /
(sometimes functioning as singular) a set of kettledrums, two or more in numberOften (informal) shortened to: timps
Derived forms of timpanitimpanist or tympanist, noun
Word Origin for timpani
from Italian, pl of timpano kettledrum, from Latin: tympanum
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Cultural definitions for timpani
[ (tim-puh-nee) ]
Italian for kettledrums; the term timpani is often preferred by composers and performers.
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