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timpani

noun plural but singular or plural in construction tim·pa·ni \ˈtim-pə-nē\

Simple Definition of timpani

  • music : a set of two or three large drums (called kettledrums) that are played by one performer in an orchestra

Full Definition of timpani

  1. :  a set of two or more kettledrums played by one performer in an orchestra or band

Variants of timpani

also tym·pa·ni \ˈtim-pə-nē\

Origin of timpani

Italian, plural of timpano kettledrum, from Latin tympanum drum — more at tympanum


First Known Use: circa 1854


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