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What does timbre mean?


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May 10, 2009 1:04AM

timbre - Actor Paul Robeson is famous for the rich timbre of his voice.

; Main Entry : tim·bre ; Variant(s) : also tim·ber \ˈtam-bər, ˈtim-; ˈtam(brə)\ ; Function : noun ; Etymology : French, from Middle French, bell struck by a hammer, from Old French, drum, from Middle Greek tymbanon kettledrum, from Greek tympanon - more at tympanum ; Date : 1845 : the quality given to a sound by its overtones: as a: the resonance by which the ear recognizes and identifies a voiced speech sound b: the quality of tone distinctive of a particular singing voice or musical instrument