Definition of timbrel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪmbr(ə)l/


A tambourine or similar instrument.
Example sentences
  • She intently watched their polished movements, sometimes involving switching between instruments - Naomi to the timbrel and Ellen to the oboe, pennywhistle or clarinet.
  • Regular folk festivals are traditional in the villages, when the Gallegos, rigged out in national costume, dance the ‘muneira’ and the ‘pandeira’ to the music of the ‘gaita’ or bagpipes, timbrel and castanets.
  • And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.


Early 16th century: perhaps a diminutive of obsolete timbre, in the same sense, from Old French (see timbre).

Words that rhyme with timbrel


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