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 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 kumbē 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”).