- a person who plays the drums, especially the kettledrums, in an orchestra.
Origin of tympanist
1605–15; < Latin tympanista < Greek tympanistḗs, equivalent to tympan(ízein) to beat a drum + -istēs -ist
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- a person who plays a drum, now specifically the kettledrum
Word Origin and History for tympanist
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