tam·​bou·​ra | \ tam-ˈbu̇r-ə How to pronounce tamboura (audio) \
variants: or tambura

Definition of tamboura

: an Asian musical instrument resembling a lute in construction but without frets and used to produce a drone accompaniment to singing

Examples of tamboura in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of tamboura

1585, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tamboura

Persian ṭambūra

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“Tamboura.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tamboura. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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