Definition of timbre in English:


Syllabification: tim·bre
Pronunciation: /ˈtambər, ˈtäNbrə


  • The character or quality of a musical sound or voice as distinct from its pitch and intensity: trumpet mutes with different timbres a voice high in pitch but rich in timbre
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    • Different composers describe perceiving different colours with different keys, instrumental timbres, or harmonic structures.
    • How did these women match their pitch, vibrato, and timbres with such precision?
    • The plainchant was delivered faultlessly, and gave a flavour of the complementary timbres of the male voices.
    tone, sound, sound quality, voice, voice quality, color, tone color, tonality, resonance


mid 19th century: from French, from medieval Greek timbanon, from Greek tumpanon 'drum'.

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