timbre

noun tim·bre \ ˈtam-bər , ˈtim- ; ˈtam(brᵊ) \
variants: or less commonly timber

Definition of timbre

:the quality given to a sound by its overtones: such as
a :the resonance by which the ear recognizes and identifies a voiced speech sound
b :the quality of tone distinctive of a particular singing voice or musical instrument

timbral

play \ˈtam-brəl, ˈtim-\ adjective

Examples of timbre in a Sentence

  1. the 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



TIMBRE Defined for English Language Learners

timbre

noun

Definition of timbre for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of the sound made by a particular voice or musical instrument


Medical Dictionary

timbre

noun tim·bre
variants: also timber play \ˈtam-bər, ˈtim-; ˈtam(brᵊ)\

medical Definition of timbre

:the quality given to a sound by its overtones: as
a :the resonance by which the ear recognizes and identifies a voiced speech sound
b :the quality of tone distinctive of a particular singing voice or musical instrument

timbral

play \ˈtam-brəl, ˈtim-\ adjective


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