American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An ancient percussion instrument similar to a tambourine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A kind of drum, tabor, or tabret, in use from the highest antiquity.
- n. small hand drum similar to a tambourine; formerly carried by itinerant jugglers
- Diminutive of Middle English timbre, drum, from Old French; see timbre. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It was beat with the fingers, and corresponds to our tambourine. all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances -- We shall understand this by attending to the modern customs of the East, where the dance -- a slow, grave, and solemn gesture, generally accompanied with singing and the sound of the timbrel, is still led by the principal female of the company, the rest imitating her movements and repeating the words of the song as they drop from her lips.”
“Their sackbut was something like a bagpipe; the timbrel was a tambourine; and the dulcimer, a horizontal harp with wire strings, and struck with a stick like the psaltery. ”
“The toph, an instrument of the drum kind, rendered "timbrel" (Ex. 15: 20;”
“And Miriam the prophet took her timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her just as she had planned, and Miriam raised her voice in song”
“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.”
“They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.”
“And the timbrel so clear, and the lute with dulcet string;”
“For the king was so besotted with his women and his wine, that the employments of his most busy and serious hours consisted at the utmost in celebrating religious feasts in his palace, carrying a timbrel, and taking part in the show; while the greatest affairs of state were managed by”
“He said, moreover, that they had called his soldiers into the town, coveted who should quarter the most of them; they also entertained him with the timbrel, song, and dance.”
“Praise Him with timbrel and dance; praise him with lute and pipe.”
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