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.

Origin

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

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.

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