The characteristic quality of sound that distinguishes one voice or musical instrument from another or one vowel sound from another: it is determined by the harmonics of the sound and is distinguished from the intensity and pitch.
Webster's New World
The timbre of the painter's work.
Other Word Forms of Timbre
Origin of Timbre
French from Old French drum, clapperless bell probably from Medieval Greek timbanon drum from Greek tumpanon kettledrum
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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