Definition of tambourine in English:


Line breaks: tam¦bour|ine
Pronunciation: /ˌtambəˈriːn


A percussion instrument resembling a shallow drum with metal discs in slots around the edge, played by being shaken or hit with the hand.
More example sentences
  • Musical groups danced the samba all the way, beating bongo drums and shaking tambourines.
  • This page is great for inspiration as it suggests ways of making a tambourine, drum, chimes, horn, cymbals, xylophone, guitar, comb buzzer and hand bells.
  • Every song they present is a staggering collage of guitars and drums, bells, tambourines, brass, and every other manner of beep or squeak under the sun, all falling in line in lush, swaying arrangements.


late 16th century: from French tambourin (see tambourin).



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  • At this stage we are confident however there is a rumour circulating around musical circles that one of the tambourinists may be taking a ‘break’ from music mid to late next year.
  • Many tambourinists hold the instrument still and move only the hand that is striking it.
  • If you're lucky, you can catch the odd open-air concert in the harbourside area to the south: Polish folk music or tambourinists from Burkhina Faso.

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