tambour definition by Webster's New World
- a drum
- an embroidery frame of two closely fitting, concentric hoops that hold the cloth stretched between them
- embroidery worked on such a frame
- ☆ a door, panel, etc., as in a cabinet, consisting of narrow, wooden slats glued to a flexible base, as canvas, that slides in grooves, as around curves
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French ; from Old French tambor, a drum, probably via Spanish ; from Arabic ṭunbūr (colloq. form ṭanbūr), stringed instrument ; from Persian tabīrah, drum
tambour definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A drum or drummer.
- a. A small wooden embroidery frame consisting of two concentric hoops between which fabric is stretched.b. Embroidery made on such a frame.
- A rolling front or top for a desk or table, consisting of narrow strips of wood glued to canvas.
- Architecture See drum.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, ultimately from Arabic ṭanbūr, stringed musical instrument; probably akin to Persian tambūr, lute, from Middle Persian.