Definition of cimbalom in English:



  • A large Hungarian dulcimer (musical instrument).

    • ‘These six young Polish musicians have dug into their homeland's overlooked folk music tradition and discovered a lively and rhythmic cache of songs that can be played on acoustic violins, basses, cymbaloms and drums.’
    • ‘Tsimbls used to be strung with thinner strings and less tension, in contrast to the Hungarian-Romanian cymbaloms of today, which use piano wire strung with a barbaric tension of 40-50 kilos per string.’
    • ‘In the second version the brass was replaced by a harmonium and the strings by a pianola and two cymbaloms.’
    • ‘I want to make a cymbalom and get the mellow rich tone of the traditional instrument.’
    • ‘The Romanian cimbalom figures prominently for a start, playing the recurring figure representing confusion.’
    • ‘He learned the cymbalom from his father, and performed throughout Europe as a child.’
    • ‘The cymbalom, not a particularly well-known instrument in the United States, conjures up the mystery and romance of eastern Europe.’
    • ‘It's beautiful, very formal music, heavy on the violin and the glorious cimbalom.’
    • ‘Many top players use his hammered dulcimers, and though he's made cymbaloms, citterns, mandolins and the world's only Renaissance Banjo, hammered dulcimers are still mostly what he builds.’
    • ‘The traditional Romanian cimbalom (dulcimer or zither) is the sole accompaniment on the dramatic and stately ‘Cine iubeste si lasa.’’
    • ‘Hungarian Roma music, played on violins and cimbaloms, can be heard in many Hungarian restaurants.’
    • ‘A small cymbalom was also later produced in Ukraine during the 1950's that came with attachable legs and dampers but could be carried more easily than a concert instrument.’
    • ‘The performance involved a single musician playing original music, jarring yet rhythmic, on cello and cimbalom.’
    • ‘He plays the cymbalom with beautiful precision, his touch is so sure, fabulously melodic yet never overplaying.’


Late 19th century: from Hungarian, from Italian cembalo, cimbalo, from Latin cymbalum (see cymbal).