from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A percussion instrument consisting of a small drumhead with jingling disks fitted into the rim, usually played by shaking and striking with the hand.
- n. A similar instrument without a drumhead.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A percussion instrument consisting of a small, usually wooden, hoop closed on one side with a drum frame and featuring jingling metal disks on the tread; it is usually held in the hand and shaken rhythmically.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small drum, especially a shallow drum with only one skin, played on with the hand, and having bells at the sides; a timbrel.
- n. A South American wild dove (Tympanistria tympanistria), mostly white, with black-tiped wings and tail. Its resonant note is said to be ventriloquous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A parchment-covered racket, resembling a battledore, with which the ball is thrown in the game of tamburello (which see).
- n. A small drum formed of a ring or hoop of wood or sometimes of metal, over which is stretched a single head of parchment.
- n. A long narrow drum or tabor used in Provence; also, a bottle-shaped drum used in Egypt.
- n. A Provençal dance originally executed to the sound of tabor and pipe, with or without singing.
- n. Music for such a dance, in duple rhythm and quick tempo, and usually accompanied by a drone bass of a single tone, as the tonic or the dominant, as if played by rubbing the finger across a tambourine.
- n. A remarkable pigeon of Africa, Tympanistria bicolor. See cut under Tympanistria.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a shallow drum with a single drumhead and with metallic disks in the sides
French tambourin, small drum, from Old French; see tambourin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from French tambourin (lit., "little drum"), from tambour ("drum"). (Wiktionary)