Definitions for taborˈteɪ bər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ta•borˈteɪ bər(n.)

or ta•bour

  1. a small drum used to accompany oneself on a pipe or fife.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of tabor:

1250–1300; ME < OF


Ta•borˈteɪ bər(n.)Mount

  1. a mountain in N Israel. 1929 ft. (588 m).

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tabor, tabour(noun)

    a small drum with one head of soft calfskin


  1. tabor(Noun)

    A small drum. In traditional music, a small drum played with a single stick, leaving the player's other hand free to play a melody on a three-holed pipe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tabor(noun)

    a small drum used as an accompaniment to a pipe or fife, both being played by the same person

  2. Tabor(verb)

    to play on a tabor, or little drum

  3. Tabor(verb)

    to strike lightly and frequently

  4. Tabor(verb)

    to make (a sound) with a tabor


  1. Tabor

    Tabor or tabret refers to a portable snare drum played with one hand. The word "tabor" is simply an English variant of a Latin-derived word meaning "drum" - cf. French: tambour, Italian: tamburo It has been used in the military as a marching instrument, and has been used as accompaniment in parades and processions. A tabor has a cylindrical wood shell, two skin heads tightened by rope tension, a leather strap, and an adjustable gut snare. Each tabor has a pitch range of about an octave: the larger the tabor, the lower the pitch. It is played by just one stick, which usually strikes the snare head. The tabor is suspended by a strap from the forearm, somewhere between the elbow and wrist. When played, the shell is virtually parallel with the ground. The tabor is most widely known as accompaniment for the pipe and other small flutes, and most famously as the percussive element in the "pipe and tabor" one man band configuration. Photos of this can be seen at Harms Historical Percussion's Tabor page. The tabor is beaten on the snare side. In Spain, a deep drum is used for a tabor by pipe and taborers, and in England a shallow tom tom is sometimes used, although medieval icons of pipe and tabor usually display a large shallow tabor similar in shape to a Bodhrán.

Anagrams of tabor

  1. Boart

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a piece of ground with tents pitched on it.

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