tambour

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French tambour (drum), from Arabic طُنْبُور(ṭunbūr), perhaps influenced by Persian تبیر(tabir, drum). Compare Armenian տաւիղ (tawił), and tabla.

Noun[edit]

tambour (countable and uncountable, plural tambours)

  1. (music) A small shallow drum.
  2. A circular frame for embroidery.
  3. A rich kind of gold and silver embroidery.
  4. Silk or other material embroidered on a tambour.
  5. (architecture) The capital of a Corinthian column.
  6. (architecture) Synonym of drum (cylindrical stone in the shaft of a column)
  7. (military) A work usually in the form of a redan, to enclose a space before a door or staircase, or at the gorge of a larger work. It is arranged like a stockade.
  8. (biology) A shallow metallic cup or drum, with a thin elastic membrane supporting a writing lever. Two or more of these are connected by a rubber tube and used to transmit and register the movements of the pulse or of any pulsating artery.
  9. (sports) In real tennis, a buttress-like obstruction in the main wall.
    • 2019, Simon Horobin, Bagels, Bumf, and Buses (page 150)
      One hazard is the tambour, a buttress which juts out and causes the ball to bounce unpredictably.

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Verb[edit]

tambour (third-person singular simple present tambours, present participle tambouring, simple past and past participle tamboured)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To embroider on a tambour (circular frame).

References[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic طُنْبُور(ṭunbūr) or Persian تبیر(tabir, drum), related to Armenian տաւիղ (tawił), English tabla.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tɑ̃.buʁ/
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Noun[edit]

tambour m (plural tambours)

  1. drum (instrument)
    • 2015 July 31, “En Ethiopie, Arthur Rimbaud, inconnu de Harar”, in Le Monde[1]:
      Le responsable fait allusion aux rituels zikri où les croyants prononcent continuellement le nom Allah en battant du tambour dans un des 180 sanctuaires et mosquées de la cité près desquels flotte parfois une agréable odeur encens.
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  2. tambour (sports / real tennis)

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Further reading[edit]


Mauritian Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French tambour

Noun[edit]

tambour

  1. drum

References[edit]

  • Baker, Philip & Hookoomsing, Vinesh Y. 1987. Dictionnaire de créole mauricien. Morisyen – English – Français

Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French tambour (drum), ultimately from Arabic طُنْبُور(ṭunbūr).

Noun[edit]

tambour m (plural tambours)

  1. (Jersey) drum

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Seychellois Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French tambour

Noun[edit]

tambour

  1. drum

References[edit]

  • Danielle D’Offay et Guy Lionnet, Diksyonner Kreol - Franse / Dictionnaire Créole Seychellois - Français