Definition of cymbal in English:

cymbal

Line breaks: cym¦bal
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪmb(ə)l
 
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noun

  • A musical instrument consisting of a slightly concave round brass plate which is either struck against another one or struck with a stick to make a ringing or clashing sound.
    More example sentences
    • The angels are depicted as playing a collection of musical instruments, including the harp, tambourine, cymbals, lyre and psaltery.
    • We had a very satisfying jam, with bass guitar, theremin and a drum kit minus sticks and cymbals.
    • He created original sounds from his cymbals and skins using sticks, brushes, and even his hands.

Derivatives

cymbalist

noun
More example sentences
  • I think that with a little practice, I can be every bit the cymbalist she was, maybe even better.
  • Two or more cymbalists clash brass cymbals together to provide the treble notes of the music.
  • The cymbalist uses the palm of his hand to stop the strings from ringing at the end of the musical phrase.

Origin

Old English, from Latin cymbalum, from Greek kumbalon, from kumbē 'cup'; readopted in Middle English from Old French cymbale.

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