- 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.
timbre definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French 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
- timbral adjective
timbre definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French, 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.