Timpani meaning

tĭm'pə-nē
A set of tunable kettledrums typically used in the percussion section of a symphony orchestra.
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Kettledrums; esp., a set of kettledrums of different pitches played by one performer in an orchestra.
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(plural only, music) The set of precision kettledrums in an orchestra.
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Origin of timpani

  • Italian pl. of timpano kettledrum from Latin tympanum drum tympanum
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Borrowing from Italian timpani, plural of timpano (“drum"), from Latin tympanum (“drum"), from Ancient Greek τύμπανον (tumpanon), from τύπτω (tuptō, “I strike, I hit").
    From Wiktionary