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cymbal

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noun cym·bal \ˈsim-bəl\

Simple Definition of cymbal

  • : a musical instrument in the form of a slightly curved thin metal plate that is played by hitting it with a drumstick or with another cymbal and that makes a very loud metallic sound

Full Definition of cymbal

  1. :  a concave brass plate that produces a brilliant clashing tone and that is struck with a drumstick or is used in pairs struck glancingly together

cym·bal·ist play \-bə-list\ noun

Origin of cymbal

Middle English, from Old English cymbal & Anglo-French cymbele, from Latin cymbalum, from Greek kymbalon, from kymbē bowl, boat


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with cymbal


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