snare drum


: a small double-headed drum with one or more snares stretched across its lower head see drum illustration

Examples of snare drum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At 12, Sauvie has earned a black belt in tae kwon do, danced competitively and plays the snare drum in her middle school band. Stephanie Gallman Jordan, Southern Living, 5 July 2024 Paxson: The drum set was just a suitcase, a garbage can, and an old colonial snare drum. Zach Schonfeld, Vulture, 27 Mar. 2024 As a surprise for her new husband, Strauss also ordered a custom groom's cake from Cake and Art designed to replicate Villalta's favorite snare drum. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 5 May 2024 At its 1928 Carnegie Hall premiere, Gershwin’s iconic masterpiece was a spirited composition, meant to reflect the kaleidoscope of sights and sounds on the streets of Paris with instruments that include real Parisian taxi horns, a trumpet, saxophone and snare drum. Marcia Luttrell, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for snare drum 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snare drum was circa 1859

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“Snare drum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

snare drum

: a small two-headed drum that can be worn at the side while marching and that has a band of snares stretched across the lower head to rattle when the head vibrates to give the drum its special sound

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