Definitions for tambourˈtæm bʊər, tæmˈbʊər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tam•bourˈtæm bʊər, tæmˈbʊər(n.)

  1. Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: drum1 (def. 1). 1 1

  2. a circular frame consisting of two interlocking hoops in which cloth is stretched for embroidering.

    Category: Clothing

  3. embroidery done on such a frame.

    Category: Clothing

  4. a flexible shutter used as a desk top or door, composed of closely set wood strips attached to a piece of cloth, the whole sliding along in grooves.

    Category: Furniture

  5. Category: Architecture

    Ref: drum1 (def. 10). 1 10

  6. (v.i.)to embroider on a tambour.

    Category: Clothing

Origin of tambour:

1475–85; < MF: drum 蠐 Ar ṭanbūr lute < MGk pandoúra; cf. bandore

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tambour, embroidery frame, embroidery hoop(noun)

    a frame made of two hoops; used for embroidering

  2. tambour(noun)

    a drum


  1. tambour(Noun)


  2. tambour(Noun)

    a circular frame for embroidery

  3. tambour(Noun)

    the capital of a Corinthian column

  4. Origin: From tambour

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tambour(noun)

    a kind of small flat drum; a tambourine

  2. Tambour(noun)

    a small frame, commonly circular, and somewhat resembling a tambourine, used for stretching, and firmly holding, a portion of cloth that is to be embroidered; also, the embroidery done upon such a frame; -- called also, in the latter sense, tambour work

  3. Tambour(noun)

    same as Drum, n., 2(d)

  4. Tambour(noun)

    a work usually in the form of a redan, to inclose a space before a door or staircase, or at the gorge of a larger work. It is arranged like a stockade

  5. Tambour(noun)

    a shallow metallic cup or drum, with a thin elastic membrane supporting a writing lever. Two or more of these are connected by an India rubber tube, and used to transmit and register the movements of the pulse or of any pulsating artery

  6. Tambour(verb)

    to embroider on a tambour


  1. Tambour

    In classical architecture, a tambour is the inverted bell of the Corinthian capital around which are carved acanthus leaves for decoration. The term also applies to the wall of a circular structure, whether on the ground or raised aloft on pendentives and carrying a dome, and to the drum shaped segments of a column, which is built up in several courses.

Translations for tambour

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a musical instrument constructed of skin etc stretched on a round frame and beaten with a stick

He plays the drums.

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