Definition of timbre
: the quality given to a sound by its overtones: such asa : the resonance by which the ear recognizes and identifies a voiced speech soundb : the quality of tone distinctive of a particular singing voice or musical instrument
timbralplay \ˈtam-brəl, ˈtim-\ adjective
Examples of timbre in a Sentence
the timbre of his voice
Recent Examples of timbre from the Web
The timbre of the lower notes is round and full, and like the upper register, there’s often an elemental, metallic ache to the sound.
Don’t look for novel timbre combinations, quirky turns of phrase or, especially, unusual rhythmic twists: a soporifically steady drum beat underlies much of the work.
Here, too, the vocals have been compressed so the rhythm of the words stands out, rather than their timbre or meaning.
The City Opera Orchestra, featuring such deeply respected New York musicians as the clarinettist Laura Flax and the hornist Stewart Rose, was clearly thrilled to be back in business, and played with rich timbre and technical aplomb.
The meal lasts past 2:00 a.m. and takes on the timbre of a bacchanal.
Moderate to high, though tempered by the Jimmy Stewart--like timbre of his voice.
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Origin and Etymology of timbre
French, from Middle French, bell struck by a hammer, from Old French, drum, from Middle Greek tymbanon kettledrum, from Greek tympanon — more at tympanum
First Known Use: 1845
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Medical Definition of timbre
: the quality given to a sound by its overtones: asa: the resonance by which the ear recognizes and identifies a voiced speech soundb: the quality of tone distinctive of a particular singing voice or musical instrument
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