Definition of tam-tam in English:

tam-tam

Syllabification: tam-tam
Pronunciation: /ˈtəm ˌtəm, ˈtam ˌtam
 
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noun

  • A large metal gong with indefinite pitch.
    More example sentences
    • The piece, scored for four percussionists, is played by the percussion group using a big array of gongs, tam-tams, tom-toms, suspended brake drums and so on, but is neither bombastic nor boring.
    • In the orchestra, I am thinking of using a certain number of brass and also metallic percussion: tubular bells, gongs, tam-tam, etc.
    • He caps this ‘movement’ with a resonant tam-tam that may not be in the score but it definitely adds to the effect!

Origin

mid 19th century: perhaps from Hindi ṭam-ṭam (see tom-tom).

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