Definition of timpani noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtɪmpəni//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪmpəni//
(informal timps
BrE BrE//tɪmps//
; NAmE NAmE//tɪmps//
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a set of large metal drums (also called kettledrums ) in an orchestra Word Originlate 19th cent.: from Italian, plural of timpano ‘kettledrum’, from Latin tympanum ‘drum’, from Greek tumpanon ‘drum’, based on tuptein ‘to strike’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: timpani