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

 

timpani

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈtɪmpəni//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪmpəni//
 
(informal timps
BrE BrE//tɪmps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɪmps//
 
)
[plural]
 
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a set of large metal drums (also called kettledrums ) in an orchestra Word Origin late 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