Etymology
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timbre (n.)

"characteristic quality of a musical sound," 1849, from French timbre "quality of a sound," earlier "sound of a bell," from Old French, "bell without a clapper," originally "small drum," probably via Medieval Greek *timbanon, from Greek tympanon "kettledrum" (see tympanum). Timbre was used in Old French (13c.) and Middle English (14c.) to render Latin tympanum in Psalms cl.

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Definitions of timbre

timbre (n.)
(music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound);
the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely
Synonyms: timber / quality / tone
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