timpani

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction tim·pa·ni \ ˈtim-pə-nē \
variants: or less commonly
Updated on: 19 Mar 2018

Definition of timpani

: a set of two or more kettledrums played by one performer in an orchestra or band

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Origin and Etymology of timpani

Italian, plural of timpano kettledrum, from Latin tympanum drum — more at tympanum


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Definition of timpani for English Language Learners

  • music : a set of two or three large drums (called kettledrums) that are played by one performer in an orchestra


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