Definition of snare drum in English:

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snare drum

Pronunciation: /ˈsner ˌdrəm/


A small drum in the form of a short cylinder with a membrane at each end, the upper one being struck with hard sticks and the lower one fitted with snares. It originated in military use.
Example sentences
  • Using only his bare hands, the drummer, Johnny Cobra, would sit slapping the busted head of the snare drum.
  • The rest of the instruments cut out except for James ' soft steady beat on the snare drum.
  • The sound is almost like brushes on a snare drum.


Probably from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch snare 'harp string'.

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