noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
a set of kettledrums, especially as used in an orchestra or band.
Also, tympani.

< Italian, plural of timpano kettledrum < Latin tympanum < Greek týmpanon

timpanist, noun
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timpani or tympani (ˈtɪmpənɪ)
pl n
(sometimes functioning as singular) Often (informal) shortened to: timps a set of kettledrums, two or more in number
[from Italian, pl of timpano kettledrum, from Latin: tympanum]
tympani or tympani
pl n
[from Italian, pl of timpano kettledrum, from Latin: tympanum]
'timpanist or tympani
'tympanist or tympani

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Word Origin & History

1876, plural of timpano (1740), from It. timpani "drums," from L. tympanum "drum" (see tympanum).
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Cultural Dictionary
timpani [(tim-puh-nee)]

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

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Example sentences
Again, the rumbling timpani signal an approaching tiger.
Pounding timpani and crashing cymbals rattled my cartilage.
But after an hour on the water, timpani rolls of thunder started rumbling around us.
Use multiple mallets technique on two timpani, and techniques on auxiliary instruments when performing on percussion instruments.
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