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timbre

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

Simple Definition of timbre

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

Full Definition of timbre

  1. :  the quality given to a sound by its overtones: asa :  the resonance by which the ear recognizes and identifies a voiced speech soundb :  the quality of tone distinctive of a particular singing voice or musical instrument

tim·bral play \ˈtam-brəl, ˈtim-\ adjective

Examples of timbre

  1. the timbre of his voice



Variants of timbre

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

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


Medical Dictionary

timbre

noun tim·bre

Medical Definition of timbre

  1. :  the quality given to a sound by its overtones: asa:  the resonance by which the ear recognizes and identifies a voiced speech soundb:  the quality of tone distinctive of a particular singing voice or musical instrument

  2. tim·bral \ˈtam-brəl, ˈtim-\play play adjective



Variants of timbre

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



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