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



BrE BrE//ˈtæmbə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæmbər//
(formal) Describing music, Phonetics
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the quality of sound that is produced by a particular voice or musical instrument the deep timbre of his voice See related entries: Describing music, Phonetics Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French, from medieval Greek timbanon, from Greek tumpanon ‘drum’.Extra examples Differing timbres ensure that we are able to distinguish between notes produced by a flute and a viola. She thought she could listen forever to the warm, deep timbre of his voice. Timbre is what makes one instrument or voice sound different from another.
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