Timbre is defined as the characteristic quality of tone that makes two voices or sounds different.(noun)
An example of timbre is the warm tone of Nat King Cole’s voice.
See timbre in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr, timbre, earlier, sound of a bell < MFr, ball struck by a hammer < OFr, a kind of drum < LGr tymbanon < Gr tympanon: see tympan
See timbre in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: , from Old French, drum, clapperless bell
Origin: , probably from Medieval Greek *timbanon, drum
Origin: , from Greek tumpanon, kettledrum.
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