- The definition of timbral is the distinguishing quality of a sound that distinguishes one sound from another sound.
When your voice resonates deeply and has a rich sound quality, this is an example of a timbral characteristic of your voice.
Variant of timbre
the characteristic quality of sound that distinguishes one voice or musical instrument from another or one vowel sound from another: it is determined by the harmonics of the sound and is distinguished from the intensity and pitch
Origin of timbreFrench timbre, earlier, sound of a bell ; from Middle French ball struck by a hammer ; from Old French a kind of drum ; from Late Greek tymbanon ; from Classical Greek tympanon: see tympan