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tambourine. Type of perc. instr. of Arab orig. but known in Europe before 1300. Small, shallow, single-headed drum; ‘jingles’ (circular metal discs) are inserted into its wooden frame. It can be played by (a) hitting the head with knuckles, clenched fist, or back of the hand, or by striking it on the player's knee; (b) shaking it so that the jingles rattle; (c) rubbing a thumb along the edge to cause a tremolo from the jingles; (d) playing near rim with fingers or sticks. Mozart used the tambourine in his German Dances (K571, 1787) and it was also used by Weber and Berlioz, and often since then, especially in scenes of revelry, etc.

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tambourine (tăm´bərēn´), musical instrument of the percussion family, having a narrow circular frame and a single parchment drumhead, with metal plates or jingles set in the frame. The ancient Romans used it, and in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance it was used by traveling musicians and entertainers. In the 19th cent. it became a military-band instrument, appearing later and very occasionally in the orchestra. The timbrel or tabret of the Bible was probably similar to the tambourine.

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tam·bou·rine / ˌtambəˈrēn/ • n. a percussion instrument resembling a shallow drum with small metal disks in slots around the edge, played by being shaken or hit with the hand. DERIVATIVES: tam·bou·rin·ist / -nist/ n.

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tambourine Percussion musical instrument much used by wandering musicians in Europe in the Middle Ages. It comprises a narrow circular frame, made of wood, with a single parchment drumhead and metal jangles attached to the sides.

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