An example of timbre is the warm tone of Nat King Cole’s voice.
Origin of timbreFr, timbre, earlier, sound of a bell from MFr, ball struck by a hammer from OFr, a kind of drum from Late Greek tymbanon from Classical Greek tympanon: see tympan
- The combination of qualities of a sound that distinguishes it from other sounds of the same pitch and volume.
- Distinctive character: the timbre of the painter's work.
Origin of timbreFrench from Old French drum, clapperless bell probably from Medieval Greek timbanon drum from Greek tumpanon kettledrum
timbre - Computer Definition
A quality of sound that distinguishes one voice or musical instrument from another. For example, MIDI synthesizers are multi-timbral, meaning that they can play multiple instruments simultaneously.