timbrel

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Etymology[edit]

Diminutive of Old French timbre, from Latin tympanum.

Noun[edit]

timbrel (plural timbrels)

  1. An ancient percussion instrument rather like a simple tambourine.
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
      Hence the soft couch, and many-colour'd robe,
      The timbrel and arch'd dome and costly feast,
      With all th' inventive arts that nurse the soul
      To forms of beauty []
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter II”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      "I ought to arise and go forth with timbrels and with dances; but, do you know, I am not inclined to revels? There has been a little—just a very little bit too much festivity so far …. Not that I don't adore dinners and gossip and dances; not that I do not love to pervade bright and glittering places. []"

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