timbre

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See also: Timbre, timbré, and tîmbre

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French timbre, ultimately from Ancient Greek τύμπανον (túmpanon, drum). Doublet of tympanum.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) enPR: tăm'bə(r), IPA(key): /ˈtæmbə(ɹ)/
  • (US) enPR: tăm'bər, tĭm'bər, IPA(key): /ˈtæm.bɚ/, /ˈtɪm.bɚ/
  • (file)
  • (file)
  • Homophone: timber (for one of the above US pronunciations)

Noun[edit]

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timbre (countable and uncountable, plural timbres)

  1. The quality of a sound independent of its pitch and volume.
    • 1931, H. P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness, chapter 7:
      It was a hard whisper to catch at first, since the grey moustache concealed all movements of the lips, and something in its timbre disturbed me greatly; but by concentrating my attention I could soon make out its purport surprisingly well.
  2. The pitch of a sound as heard by the ear, described relative to its absolute pitch.
    • When someone speaks after inhaling helium, their voice has a higher timbre. With sulfur hexafluoride, the result is a lower timbre.
  3. (heraldry) The crest on a coat of arms.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French timbre.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

timbre m (plural timbres)

  1. (heraldry) timbre
  2. (music) timbre
  3. doorbell

Further reading[edit]

  • “timbre” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French timbre, via Byzantine Greek, from Ancient Greek τύμπανον (túmpanon, drum). Less likely a direct descendant of Latin tympanum. Doublet of tympan.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

timbre m (plural timbres)

  1. small bell
  2. (postage) stamp, postage stamp
  3. stamp (mark)
  4. (music) timbre

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Occitan[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

timbre m (plural timbres)

  1. postage stamp
    Synonym: sagèl
  2. timbre (quality of a sound independent of its pitch and volume)

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

timbre m (oblique plural timbres, nominative singular timbres, nominative plural timbre)

  1. timbrel

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

timbre m (plural timbres)

  1. timbre (quality of a sound independent of its pitch and volume)
  2. seal (pattern, design)
  3. (heraldry) crest

Synonyms[edit]

Verb[edit]

timbre

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of timbrar
    É importante que eu timbre isso.
    It’s important that I stamp this.
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of timbrar
    É importante que ele timbre isso.
    It’s important that he stamps this.
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of timbrar
    Você aí, timbre isso sozinho.
    You there, stamp this by yourself.
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of timbrar
    Você aí, não timbre isso sozinho.
    You there, don’t stamp this by yourself.

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From French timbre (quality of a sound; sound of a bell), from Old French timbre (bell without a clapper, drum), via Byzantine Greek from Ancient Greek τύμπανον (túmpanon, drum). Doublet of tímpano.

Noun[edit]

timbre m (plural timbres)

  1. bell
    Synonym: campana
  2. doorbell
  3. stamp
    Synonym: sello
  4. postmark
    Synonym: matasellos
  5. seal
    Synonym: sello
  6. timbre
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Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

timbre

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of timbrar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of timbrar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of timbrar.

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