WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 tam•bour
(tam′bŏŏr, tam bŏŏr′),USA pronunciation n.
- Music and Dancea drum.
- Music and Dancea drum player.
- ClothingAlso called tabaret. a circular frame consisting of two hoops, one fitting within the other, in which cloth is stretched for embroidering.
- Clothingembroidery done on such a frame.
- Furniturea flexible shutter used as a desk top or in place of a door, composed of a number of closely set wood strips attached to a piece of cloth, the whole sliding in grooves along the sides or at the top and bottom.
- Architecturedrum1 (def. 10).
- Sport[Court Tennis.]a sloping buttress opposite the penthouse, on the hazard side of the court.
- Clothingto embroider on a tambour.
- Medieval Greek pandoúra; compare bandore
- Middle French: drum Arabic tanbūr lute
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tambour /ˈtæmbʊə/ n
- the sloping buttress on one side of the receiver's end of the court
- a small round embroidery frame, consisting of two concentric hoops over which the fabric is stretched while being worked
- embroidered work done on such a frame
- a sliding door on desks, cabinets, etc, made of thin strips of wood glued side by side onto a canvas backing
- a wall that is circular in plan, esp one that supports a dome or one that is surrounded by a colonnade
- a drum
Etymology: 15th Century: from French, from tabour tabor
- to embroider (fabric or a design) on a tambour
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