tympanist

[tim-puh-nist]

Origin of tympanist

1605–15; < Latin tympanista < Greek tympanistḗs, equivalent to tympan(ízein) to beat a drum + -istēs -ist
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British Dictionary definitions for tympanist

tympanist

noun
  1. a person who plays a drum, now specifically the kettledrum
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Word Origin and History for tympanist
n.

1610s, "one who plays on a drum," from tympanum + -ist; since mid-19c. specifically of players on kettledrums.

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