cym·​bal | \ ˈsim-bəl How to pronounce cymbal (audio) \

Definition of cymbal

: a concave metal plate (as of brass or bronze) that produces a brilliant clashing tone and that is struck with a drumstick or is used in pairs struck glancingly together

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cymbalist \ ˈsim-​bə-​list How to pronounce cymbalist (audio) \ noun

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Generally, these sounds are created with traditional crystal bowls, gemstone bowls, cymbals, and gongs. Nicole Dellert, Allure, "I Tried a Sound Bath — Here's What This Meditative Practice Is Really Like," 24 Oct. 2018 Mourners played drums, cymbals and horns, according to local Arabic custom. Fox News, "Iran holds funerals for victims of terror attack in Ahvaz," 24 Sep. 2018 Traditional Chinese lion dancers from the Golden Lion Club around the corner had gathered near the start the race; several younger members played a drum, a gong and cymbals. Pia Peterson, New York Times, "Road Race of the Superwomen," 5 July 2018 The actors double as the band, playing piano, violin, melodica, a small trap drum, cymbals, washboard, trombone and a slew of kazoos and ukuleles. Christopher Arnott,, "A Coarse, Cacophonous, Compelling 'Cabaret' In New Haven," 26 June 2018 Ranging in age from 14 to 21, the performers make up the horn line (brass instruments such as trumpet, tuba and trombone), percussion (drums, cymbals, keyboards and more) and color guard. Anne Dunlap,, "Drum Corps International marches into Orlando," 6 July 2018 The special achievement awards, created by renowned Canadian cymbal makers Sabian, are also a playable percussive instrument, incorporating five custom bronze crotales. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Shawn Mendes, peermusic & Sarah McLachlan Honored at 29th Annual SOCAN Awards," 21 June 2018 Imagine rolling up the doors on a set of storage trailers and seeing more than 70 drums, multiple sets of cymbals, amplifiers, drum stands and just for good measure, enough mechanic tools to start a car repair shop. Prescotte Stokes Iii, star-telegram, "Did your band lose more than 70 drum sets? Police found them – and more," 24 Feb. 2018 Crashing cymbals and biting guitar chords sounded thin, as on AM radio, illustrating how much my ability to hear some frequencies had been degraded by age and years of thundering live shows. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "Smart Headphones Tailor Made to Your Sense of Hearing," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of cymbal

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cymbal

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

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English Language Learners 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


cym·​bal | \ ˈsim-bəl How to pronounce cymbal (audio) \

Kids Definition of cymbal

: 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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