a tambourine or similar instrument.

1490–1500; earlier timbre drum (see timbre) + -el diminutive suffix

timbreled, timbrelled, adjective
timbrelist, noun
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timbrel (ˈtɪmbrəl)
chiefly Bible another word for tambourine
[C16: from Old French; see timbre]

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Word Origin & History

"percussive Middle Eastern instrument," c.1500, dim. of timbre (q.v.) in its older Fr. sense of "drum." Used in Bible translations, chiefly to render Heb. taph, cognate with Arabic duff "drum," of imitative origin.
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Timbrel definition

(Heb. toph), a small drum or tambourine; a tabret (q.v.). The antiquity of this musical instrument appears from the scriptural allusions to it (Gen. 31:27; Ex. 15:20; Judg. 11:34, etc.) (See MUSIC.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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