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

Examples of timbale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To add to the authenticity, Galan tries to get as many products imported from Spain as possible, like the Galician octopus with olive oil, paprika, and flake salt for the pulpo a la Gallega and the Spanish red pepper for the vegetable timbales. Nicole Kagan, BostonGlobe.com, 27 June 2023 Lindstrøm incorporated a number of acoustic instruments into the material, including triangles, tambourines, congas, timbales, and flutes, as well as an old Chinese cello and violin. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 24 May 2023 With his unmatched prowess on timbales and cheerful pan-Latin rhythms, Puente rewrote the Latin pop playbook for half of the 20th century. Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 20 Apr. 2023 Mireles, a former high school baseball player, also plays timbales in the cumbia group Cayuga All-Stars and has a DJ residency at Thunderbird Station and Single Wide. Stephanie Salas-Vega, Dallas News, 18 Mar. 2023 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

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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 27 May. 2024.

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