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
Napoli donned a rainbow cape and conducted the ceremony which included a chicken, a pinata and a clubhouse full of kazoos and tambourines.
A girl clanged bells, another drummed on a tambourine.
Participants are encouraged to dress up according to a theme, decorate their bikes, and bring noisemakers like bongos, shakers and tambourines.
Music teachers showed children how to properly hold and play a variety of instruments, including a child-sized violin, cello, guitar, ukulele and tambourine and well as a full-size flute, keyboard, trumpet and trombone.
The group comprises Hölljes siblings Ian (vocals, guitar), Eric (vocals, piano) and Brittany (lead vocals), along with Liz Hopkins (lead vocals, tambourine, percussion), Mike McKee (drums) and Grant Emerson (bass).
And there were instruments galore: Harpsichords, tamboura, Mellotron, harmonium, woodwinds, and a variety of guitars, pianos, and tambourines.
One family, with parents holding their children, is a source of noise as a toddler bangs on a toy tambourine.
My apartment, which was once so chic and writerly that it was photographed in magazines, is now a sticky squalor, accessorized with non-organic muffin crumbs, crappy plastic tambourines and random, dirty socks of all sizes.
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Origin and Etymology of tambourine
Middle French tambourin, diminutive of tambour
First Known Use: 1579See Words from the same year
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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