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Bible Usage:


  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: No
  • Included in Naves: No
  • Included in Smiths: No
  • Included in Websters: Yes
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: No
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:


Easton's Bible Dictionary

(Heb. toph), a small drum or tambourine; a tabret (q.v.). The antiquity of this musical instrument appears from the scriptural allusions to it (Genesis 31:27; Exodus 15:20; Judges 11:34, etc.) (See MUSIC.)

Naves Topical Index

Called also Tabret, an instrument of music of the tambourine sort.

Used by Miriam
Exodus 15:20

Used by Jephthah's daughter
Judges 11:34

Used in religious service
2 Samuel 6:5; 1 Chronicles 13:8; Psalms 68:25; Psalms 81:2; Psalms 149:3; Psalms 150:4

Used in dances
Job 21:12
Music, Instruments of

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TIM'BREL, noun [Latin tympanum.] An instrument of music; a kind of drum, tabor or tabret, which has been in use from the highest antiquity.

And Miriam took a timbrel in her hand--and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. Exodus 15:20.

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Timbrel, Tabret

(Heb. toph). In old English tabor was used for any drum. Tabouret and tambourine are diminutives of tabor, and denote the instrument now known as the tambourine. Tabret is a contraction of tabouret. The Hebrew toph is undoubtedly the instrument described by travellers as the duff or diff of the Arabs. It was played principally by women, (Exodus 15:20; Judges 11:34; 1 Samuel 18:6; Psalms 68:25) as an accompaniment to the song and dance. The diff of the Arabs is described by Russell as "a hoop (sometimes with pieces of brass fixed in it to make a jingling) over which a piece of parchment is stretched. It is beaten with the fingers, and is the true tympanum of the ancients." In Barbary it is called tar .

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TIM'BRELED, adjective Sung to the sound of the timbrel.