tim·​bale ˈtim-bəl How to pronounce timbale (audio)
: a creamy mixture (as of meat or vegetables) baked in a mold
also : the mold in which it is baked
: a small pastry shell filled with a cooked timbale mixture
or less commonly timbal : one of a set of single-headed cylindrical drums played with sticks
usually used in plural

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Appetizers cost extra, including shrimp cocktail, oysters, clams, mussels, calamari, gorgonzola brad, crab cake, eggplant timbale, buffalo mozzarella and a hummus plate. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 28 Mar. 2022 Ralph Irizarry’s virtuosic timbale playing placed him in the tradition of masters such as Tito Puente, said Bobby Sanabria, a percussionist and educator who occasionally performed with Mr. Irizarry. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2021 And there were the Puerto Rican timbales players like Tito Puente and Mike Collazo, the great timbalero who played with Tito Rodríguez. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2019 At one point in the night, two Miami Beach police officers joined the entertainers, with one picking up a pair of drumsticks and playing Puente’s timbales and cowbells and another dancing salsa with one of the dancers on stage. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Oct. 2019 For two hours Wednesday evening, Santana and his band, which features his wife, Cindy Blackman Santana on drums and Karl Perazzo on timbales and percussion and Paoli Mejias on congas and percussion, took Northeast Ohio on a couple of trips. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, 8 Aug. 2019 Most of the main dishes at Saz are served with large timbales of either white rice or rice and gungo peas, which resemble small kidney beans and lend the rice a pinkish, dirty-rice tinge. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, 10 July 2019 Other orchestra members are conga player and percussionist Willie Vazquez, drum and timbales player Rob Castaneda, bassist Art Lopez and keyboardist Jimmy Hernandez. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, 12 July 2018 Reading her recipe brought me back to that Sicilian antipasto and the timbale. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, 5 July 2018 See More

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Word History


French, literally, kettledrum

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of timbale was in 1824

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“Timbale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/timbale. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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