ta·​bla ˈtä-blə How to pronounce tabla (audio)
: a pair of small different-sized hand drums used especially in music of India

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Examples of tabla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This cultural blend has created a new sound, merging Western genres with traditional Arabic instruments such as the nay, tabla, and oud, and distinct Arabic drum patterns and Arabic scales. Sara Ibrahim, Rolling Stone, 27 June 2024 Go for one of its famous platters that come with a taste of everything, including its tabla fria, with two croquettes, a Russian salad, tortilla española (a potato omelet), ham, cheese, and chicken. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2024 The talk will be followed by a live tabla and dance performance reinterpreting the music of all three films. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2024 Her grandmother was a concert producer for major Indian classical musicians like sitarist Ravi Shankar and tabla player Zakir Hussain. Vrinda Jagota, SPIN, 11 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for tabla 

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu tablā, from Arabic ṭabla

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tabla was in 1865

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“Tabla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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