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side drum Syllabification: side drum
Pronunciation: /ˈsīd ˌdrəm/

Definition of side drum in English:


Another term for snare drum.
Example sentences
  • The snare drum of the set resembles the side drum of the symphony orchestra - both drums derive from the medieval tabor.
  • The earliest of the pieces, the Quartet of 1924, boasts an odd scoring - the inclusion of the side drum - but the music itself sounds like the most natural thing in the world.
  • I used to play the side drum in a bagpipe marching band.


Late 18th century: so named because it was originally played, suspended from the drummer's side.

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