a shallow, single-headed hand drum having jingling metal disks in the rim: it is played by shaking, hitting with the knuckles, etc.
Origin of tambourineFrench tambourin: see tambourin
- A percussion instrument consisting of a small drumhead with jingling disks fitted into the rim, usually played by shaking and striking with the hand.
- A similar instrument without a drumhead.
Origin of tambourineFrench tambourin, small drum, from Old French; see tambourin.