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

 

tambourine

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌtæmbəˈriːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌtæmbəˈriːn//
 
Musical instruments
 
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a musical instrument that has a round wooden frame, sometimes covered with plastic or skin, with metal discs around the edge. To play it you shake it or hit it with your hand. See related entries: Musical instruments Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French tambourin, diminutive of tambour ‘drum’; perhaps related to Persian tabīra ‘drum’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tambourine