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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tambourine a shallow drum with a single drumhead and with metallic disks in the sides
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tambourine A small drum, especially a shallow drum with only one skin, played on with the hand, and having bells at the sides; a timbrel.
    • n Tambourine A South American wild dove (Tympanistria tympanistria), mostly white, with black-tiped wings and tail. Its resonant note is said to be ventriloquous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tambourine A parchment-covered racket, resembling a battledore, with which the ball is thrown in the game of tamburello (which see).
    • n tambourine A small drum formed of a ring or hoop of wood or sometimes of metal, over which is stretched a single head of parchment. The hoop carries several pairs of loose metal disks called jingles. The instrument is played either by shaking, or by striking with the hand or arm, or by drawing the finger across the head (or each in alternation). It is of Oriental origin, and is very common in Spain, whence it is often called tambour de Basque. See cut in next column.
    • n tambourine A long narrow drum or tabor used in Provence; also, a bottle-shaped drum used in Egypt.
    • n tambourine A Provençal dance originally executed to the sound of tabor and pipe, with or without singing.
    • n tambourine Music for such a dance, in duple rhythm and quick tempo, and usually accompanied by a drone bass of a single tone, as the tonic or the dominant, as if played by rubbing the finger across a tambourine.
    • n tambourine A remarkable pigeon of Africa, Tympanistria bicolor. See cut under Tympanistria.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tambourine tam-bōō-rēn′ a shallow drum with one skin and bells or jingles, and played on with the hand: a Provençal dance, also the music for such
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tambourin,; cf. It. tamburino,. See Tambour, and cf. Tamborine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tambourin, dim. of tambour.


In literature:

I'm going to go round with my uncle and hold out my tambourine, so!
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
The secret of teaching seals to play tambourines is due to their desire to comb their fur and fan themselves!
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
With a heavy heart she took the brooms and the tambourine, and went out, hoping to get a few pennies, and bring home a doctor for her aunt.
"The Angel Children" by Charlotte M. Higgins
I want to dance the tarantella with a tambourine in my hand.
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
Accompanied by a band of native Christians, he has been entering villages and towns with song and drum and tambourine.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
One girl at the organ is graceful; another with a tambourine has a sort of Bassarid beauty.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
The women were dancing the "Romalis" to a violin and tambourine.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880" by Various
On the stage sat a fat woman mournfully shaking a tambourine, and between whiles going to sleep.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
There is a tambourine among the children's toys: you can beat it as you go.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, November, 1878" by Various
The skins of the tambourines vibrate till they almost burst.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
For example, when it is a question of something Turkish, much is made of the tambourine, the cymbals, and the fife.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
I shall get a tambourine also, and perhaps some day a guitar.
"The Crown of Success" by Charlotte Maria Tucker
The music, which alone might have formed a small army, was composed of drums, tambourines, trumpets, and sistra.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier
It consisted of a flute and two tambourines.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20, September, 1877." by Various
The little girls' gowns are rainbow-like, and one of them is dancing to the music of a tambourine.
"The Child's Book of American Biography" by Mary Stoyell Stimpson
On consideration, even jumping to glory without a tambourine struck them as an indelicate method of reaching Paradise.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
She seemed dancing to great tambourines of thunder.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Where do the Maritanas with tambourines all come from?
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 98 June 7, 1890" by Various
When Chub's tambourine flew whirling out of his hand and fell into Mrs. Emery's lap it seemed an excellent joke.
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
They will not be recited over a little tambourine, and used to collect monies for woollen socks and chocolate.
"Critical Studies" by Ouida

In poetry:

Precosia throws the tambourine
and runs away in terror.
But the virile wind pursues her
with his breathing and burning sword.
"The Gypsy And The Wind" by Federico Garcia Lorca
Robbers had taken his old tambourine,
But he took down the moon
And rattled out a tunc;
Robbers had taken his old tambourinc.
"Three Marching Songs" by William Butler Yeats
Robbers had taken his old tambourine,
But he took down the moon
And rattled out a tune;
Robbers had taken his old tambourine.
"Three Marching Songs" by William Butler Yeats
—"Ah!… Well, I had thought till my cheek was wet
Of my mother—her voice and mien
When she used to sing and pirouette,
And touse the tambourine
"Leipzig" by Thomas Hardy
"And whenever those notes in the street begin,
I recall her, and that far scene,
And her acting of how the Allies marched in,
And her touse of the tambourine!"
"Leipzig" by Thomas Hardy
When someone says: "Alexandria,"
I see stars above the hushed city,
drunken sailors in dark quarters,
a dancing girl performing the "wasp,"
and hear tambourines and the noise of fights.
"When Someone Says:" by Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin

In news:

How many tambourines in total are there in the video.
Lady Tambourine arrived about 40 minutes late for a set at the Gospel Tent at today's Jazzfest.
Brooklyn Boys Make Tambourine Dream.
To your tambourine in time.
In addition, some opponents said the music of Dreams Come True which one of Tambourine 's few supporters described as a mix of Elton John, Enya and Björk -is actually quite Americanized and doesn't do much for cultural diversity.
Tony Johnston, Author, Ora Eitan, Illustrator Tambourine Books $15 (32p) ISBN 978-0-688-13456-3.
The now twice postponed Tambourine and Fan Super Sunday Parade will roll today, Sunday May 27 beginning at 3 pm at Bayou St John and Orleans Avenue.
Honey-voiced alt-country artist Tift Merritt plays a dynamic live session of alt-country originals from her album "Tambourine".
Poison Arrow is one big tambourine-smashing dance party.
Davy Jones, lead singer and adorable tambourine player for the TV troublemakers and original boy band The Monkees, passed away after a sudden heart attack.
Backed by the Country, his five-piece band, Hawthorne, a multi-instrumentalist and onetime DJ, occasionally picked up a guitar or a tambourine and harmonized with his bassist and guitarist on a doo-wop vocal.
Susanna Hoffs' new single has all the elements of a feel-good ballad: the simple, comforting strums of an acoustic guitar, the steady beat of a tambourine and a delicate, sweet lament in the melody that ties it all together.
Soon Gillespie and Beattie expanded Primal Scream 's lineup to include Robert Young on bass, rhythm guitarist Stuart May, drummer Tom McGurk, and tambourine player Martin St John.
I Love You can be signed as three separate signs, or by using one single gesture, representing the shaking of a tambourine.
Although they are simply four voices and a tambourine, Tonic Sol -fa has spent the past decade on the road carving their niche as the nation's top vocal group.