tambourine

noun
tam·​bou·​rine | \ˌtam-bə-ˈrēn \

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

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Many in the audience followed the tempo with tambourines, small drums or hand claps. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Music can call back loved ones lost in Alzheimer's darkness: 'So much we can do to improve quality of life'," 11 June 2018 Many in the audience followed the tempo with tambourines, small drums or hand claps. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Music can call back loved ones lost in Alzheimer's darkness: 'So much we can do to improve quality of life'," 11 June 2018 Alongside Keith Urban and ZZ Top member Billy Gibbons, Lambert proved her chops as a certifiable rock star, bringing the Las Vegas crowd to its feet while also rocking out with a tambourine. Michelle Profis, Country Living, "Watch Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban's Epic Jam Session at the ACM Awards," 4 Apr. 2016 Many in the audience followed the tempo with tambourines, small drums or hand claps. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Music can call back loved ones lost in Alzheimer's darkness: 'So much we can do to improve quality of life'," 11 June 2018 Many in the audience followed the tempo with tambourines, small drums or hand claps. Robert Mccoppin, courant.com, "Music Can Call Back Loved Ones Lost In Alzheimer's Darkness," 22 June 2018 Fraize bought nine items Friday, including outfits, three tambourines and two handwritten notes. NBC News, "Auction of Prince's personal items tops predictions and draws devotees," 18 May 2018 For this service, the flatbed of a red Chevrolet Colorado served as stage, a tambourine the musical accompaniment. Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, "At 'ghost bike' memorial for lost rider, tears, love and anger," 19 May 2018 Each of the last two games, Brewers players have brought bongos and a tambourine into the dugout. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers players have found their rhythm – with percussion instruments in the dugout," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tambourine

1579, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tambourine

Middle French tambourin, diminutive of tambour

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tambourine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tambourine

: a small musical instrument that is held in one hand and played by shaking or hitting it with the other hand

tambourine

noun
tam·​bou·​rine | \ˌtam-bə-ˈrēn \

Kids Definition of tambourine

: 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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