See also: cymbał
From Middle English cymbal, from Old English cimbal, cimbala and Old French cimbale, both from Latin cymbalum (“cymbal”), from Ancient Greek κύμβαλον (kúmbalon), from κύμβη (kúmbē, “bowl”). See also chime.
cymbal (plural cymbals)
- (music) A concave plate of brass or bronze that produces a sharp, ringing sound when struck: played either in pairs, by striking them together, or singly by striking with a drumstick or the like.
- c. 1608–1609 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene iii]:
- The trumpets, sackbuts, psalteries and fifes,
Tabours and cymbals and the shouting Romans,
Make the sun dance.
- 1881–82, Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, "The Mystic Trumpeter":
- I see the Crusaders' tumultuous armies—hark, how the cymbals clang ...
Derived terms Edit
concave plate of brass or bronze that produces a sharp, ringing sound when struck
Norwegian Nynorsk Edit
- alternative spelling of
|Declension of cymbal|