See also: tambouriné

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Etymology edit

From French tambourin (little drum), from French tambour (drum). Ultimately from Arabic طُنْبُور(ṭunbūr).

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  • IPA(key): /ˌtæm.bəˈɹiːn/
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  • Hyphenation: tam‧bour‧ine

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tambourine (plural tambourines)

  1. A percussion instrument consisting of a small, usually wooden, hoop closed on one side with a drum frame and featuring jingling metal disks on the tread; it is most often held in the hand and shaken rhythmically; by extension, any frame drum.
  2. A tambourine dove.
    • 2006, Gayle Soucek, Doves, page 78:
      Tambourines are shy birds and do not tame easily.
  3. A kind of Provençal dance.
  4. The music for this dance.

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tambourine (third-person singular simple present tambourines, present participle tambourining, simple past and past participle tambourined)

  1. To play the tambourine.
  2. To make a sound like a tambourine.
    • 1995, Henri Cole, The Look of Things, page 23:
      Rain tambourined on the stately square.

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  1. inflection of tambouriner:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative