Timpani Definition

tĭmpə-nē
timpano
noun
Kettledrums; esp., a set of kettledrums of different pitches played by one performer in an orchestra.
Webster's New World

(plural only, music) The set of precision kettledrums in an orchestra.

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Noun

Singular:
timpani
Plural:
timpanis

Origin of Timpani

  • 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

  • Italian pl. of timpano kettledrum from Latin tympanum drum tympanum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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