Definition of cymbal
: 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
cymbalistplay \ˈsim-bə-list\ noun
Recent Examples of cymbal from the Web
Noyes Storybook Parade Children and adults are encouraged to bring a musical instrument, such as drums, triangles or cymbals, and dress as a favorite storybook character to march in the parade.
After the four click Count-In, choose one of the drums or cymbals in the kit and tap it twice per beat.
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Origin and Etymology 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
CYMBAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cymbal for English Language Learners
: 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
CYMBAL Defined for Kids
Definition of cymbal for Students
: a musical instrument in the form of a brass plate that is struck with a drumstick or is used in pairs struck together
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