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timbre

timbre

noun tim·bre \ˈtam-bər, ˈtim-; ˈtam(brə)\

: the quality of the sound made by a particular voice or musical instrument

Full Definition of TIMBRE

:  the quality given to a sound by its overtones: as
a :  the resonance by which the ear recognizes and identifies a voiced speech sound
b :  the quality of tone distinctive of a particular singing voice or musical instrument
tim·bral \ˈtam-brəl, ˈtim-\ adjective

Variants of TIMBRE

tim·bre also tim·ber \ˈtam-bər, ˈtim-; ˈtam(brə)\

Examples of TIMBRE

  1. the timbre of his voice

Origin of TIMBRE

French, from Middle French, bell struck by a hammer, from Old French, drum, from Middle Greek tymbanon kettledrum, from Greek tympanon — more at tympanum
First Known Use: 1845

Rhymes with TIMBRE

timbre

noun tim·bre   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TIMBRE

:  the quality given to a sound by its overtones: as a :  the resonance by which the ear recognizes and identifies a voiced speech sound b :  the quality of tone distinctive of a particular singing voice or musical instrument
tim·bral \ˈtam-brəl, ˈtim-\ adjective

Variants of TIMBRE

tim·bre also tim·ber \ˈtam-bər, ˈtim-; ˈtam(brə)\

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