Tambourine vs. Timbrel

By Jaxson

  • Tambourine

    The tambourine is a musical instrument in the percussion family consisting of a frame, often of wood or plastic, with pairs of small metal jingles, called “zills”. Classically the term tambourine denotes an instrument with a drumhead, though some variants may not have a head at all. Tambourines are often used with regular percussion sets. They can be mounted, for example on a stand as part of a drum kit (and played with drum sticks), or they can be held in the hands and played by tapping or hitting the instrument.

    Tambourines come in many shapes with the most common being circular. It is found in many forms of music: Turkish folk music, Greek folk music, Italian folk music, classical music, Persian music, samba, gospel music, pop music, country music, and rock music.

  • Timbrel

    The timbrel or tabret (also known as the tof of the ancient Hebrews, the deff of Islam, the adufe of the Moors of Spain) was the principal percussion instrument of the ancient Israelites. It resembles the modern tambourine.

  • Tambourine (noun)

    A tambourine dove.

  • Timbrel (noun)

    An ancient percussion instrument rather like a simple tambourine.

  • Timbrel (verb)

    To play the timbrel.

  • Timbrel (verb)

    To accompany with the sound of the timbrel.

  • Tambourine (noun)

    a percussion instrument resembling a shallow drum with metal discs in slots around the edge, played by being shaken or hit with the hand.

  • Timbrel (noun)

    a tambourine or similar instrument.

Oxford Dictionary

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