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or tympani

[tim-puh-nee] /ˈtɪm pə ni/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
a set of kettledrums, especially as used in an orchestra or band.
Origin of timpani
< Italian, plural of timpano kettledrum < Latin tympanum < Greek týmpanon
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timpanist, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for timpani


plural noun
(sometimes functioning as sing) a set of kettledrums, two or more in number Often (informal) shortened to timps
Derived Forms
timpanist, tympanist, noun
Word Origin
from Italian, pl of timpano kettledrum, from Latin: tympanum
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Word Origin and History for timpani

1876, plural of timpano (1740), from Italian timpani "drums," from Latin tympanum "drum" (see tympanum).

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timpani in Culture
timpani [(tim-puh-nee)]

Italian for kettledrums; the term timpani is often preferred by composers and performers.

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