- Timbre is defined as the characteristic quality of tone that makes two voices or sounds different.
An example of timbre is the warm tone of Nat King Cole’s voice.
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
- 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.