Definition of tambourine
: a small drum; especially : a shallow one-headed drum with loose metallic disks at the sides played especially by shaking or striking with the hand
Recent Examples of tambourine from the Web
And there were instruments galore: Harpsichords, tamboura, Mellotron, harmonium, woodwinds, and a variety of guitars, pianos, and tambourines.
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Origin and Etymology of tambourine
Middle French tambourin, diminutive of tambour
First Known Use: 1579
TAMBOURINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tambourine for English Language Learners
: a small musical instrument that is held in one hand and played by shaking or hitting it with the other hand
TAMBOURINE Defined for Kids
Definition of tambourine for Students
: a small shallow drum with only one head and loose metal disks around the rim that is played by shaking or hitting with the hand
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