tam·​bou·​ra tam-ˈbu̇r-ə How to pronounce tamboura (audio)
variants or tambura
: an Asian musical instrument resembling a lute in construction but without frets and used to produce a drone accompaniment to singing

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With the lyrics mostly in place, the music came largely from Harrison's fascination with Indian compositions, which made use of long tamboura drones. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2022 Then the two improvised for twenty minutes or so over an Indian tamboura drone. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 And there were instruments galore: Harpsichords, tamboura, Mellotron, harmonium, woodwinds, and a variety of guitars, pianos, and tambourines. William Goodman, Billboard, 26 May 2017

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Word History


Persian ṭambūra

First Known Use

1585, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tamboura was in 1585

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“Tamboura.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tamboura. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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