- a small drum formerly used to accompany oneself on a pipe or fife.
verb (used without object)
- to play upon or as if upon a tabor; drum.
verb (used with object)
- to strike or beat, as on a tabor.
- Mount Tabor a mountain in N Israel, near Nazareth: traditionally regarded as the mountain where the Transfiguration took place. Height: 588 m (1929 ft)
- music a small drum used esp in the Middle Ages, struck with one hand while the other held a three-holed pipeSee pipe 1 (def. 7)
n.“small drum resembling a tamborine,” late 13c., from Old French tabour, tabur “drum” (11c.), probably from Persian tabir “drum,” but evolution of sense and form are uncertain. Related to tambourine.