a circular, slightly concave brass plate used as a percussion instrument producing a variety of metallic sounds: it is struck with a drumstick, brush, etc. or used in pairs which are struck together to produce a crashing, ringing sound
Origin of cymbalMiddle English ; from Old French cymble and amp; Old English cymbal, both ; from Classical Latin cymbalum ; from Classical Greek kymbalon ; from kymb?, hollow of a vessel ; from Indo-European an unverified form kumb- ; from base an unverified form keu-, bend, arch from source coomb, hump
A percussion instrument consisting of a concave brass plate that makes a loud clashing tone when hit with a drumstick or when used in pairs.
Origin of cymbalMiddle English, from Old English and from Old French cymbale, both from Latin cymbalum, from Greek kumbalon, from kumb&emacron;, bowl.
- cym′bal·eer′ , cym′bal·er, cym′bal·ist
From Old French cymbale, from Latin cymbalum (“cymbal”), from Ancient Greek κύμβαλον (kymbalon), from κύμβη (kymbē, “bowl”).