timpani definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Italian plural of timpano ; from Classical Latin tympanum: see tympan
- timpanist noun
timpani definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also tym·pa·niplural noun (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Origin: Italian, pl. of timpano, kettledrum, from Latin tympanum, drum; see tympanum.
timpani - Cultural Definition
Italian for kettledrums; the term timpani is often preferred by composers and performers.