- a set of kettledrums, especially as used in an orchestra or band.
Origin of timpani
< Italian, plural of timpano kettledrum < Latin tympanum < Greek týmpanon
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- (sometimes functioning as singular) a set of kettledrums, two or more in numberOften (informal) shortened to: timps
Word Origin for timpani
from Italian, pl of timpano kettledrum, from Latin: tympanum
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1876, plural of timpano (1740), from Italian timpani "drums," from Latin tympanum "drum" (see tympanum).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Italian for kettledrums; the term timpani is often preferred by composers and performers.
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