Definition of cymbal in English:



  • A musical instrument consisting of a slightly concave round brass plate which is either struck against another one or struck with a stick to make a ringing or clashing sound.

    • ‘As soon as Lucas tapped the crash cymbal on the drum kit to end the song, Sonya let go of the microphone and ran out of the room.’
    • ‘The angels are depicted as playing a collection of musical instruments, including the harp, tambourine, cymbals, lyre and psaltery.’
    • ‘We had a very satisfying jam, with bass guitar, theremin and a drum kit minus sticks and cymbals.’
    • ‘Accompanied by harp, flute, oboe, drums and cymbals, Madhavi enters and begins an invocation dance.’
    • ‘A variety of suspended cymbals is made for the drum kit.’
    • ‘The rolling cymbals near the beginning of the composition seem more anachronistic than anything else.’
    • ‘The use of the four cymbals in the third and fourth movements of the work adds a dramatic and creative sonic element.’
    • ‘It began with brass, drums and crashing cymbals, and it skipped into an irresistible beat that was borne along by a thumping tuba.’
    • ‘You could practically hear the ridges of the cymbal as the stick was slowly scraped along it to produce a shimmer of sound.’
    • ‘He created original sounds from his cymbals and skins using sticks, brushes, and even his hands.’
    • ‘The teacher gave each kid a rhythm instrument to play - drums, cymbals, sticks, and so on.’
    • ‘They had a drum kit consisting of a lone cymbal, kick drum and snare.’
    • ‘My snare drum and cymbals are the only things I spent a lot of money on.’
    • ‘This track showcased Perth's finesse on the hi-hat and cymbals.’
    • ‘Sounds of beating drums and ringing cymbals, typical in China and in Chinatowns in many countries, will fill the air.’
    • ‘The music is is characteristically punctuated with sounds of cymbals, drums and long trumpets.’
    • ‘Other instruments used in folk music include transverse and vertical flutes, drums, cymbals, gongs, and tambourines.’
    • ‘I was completely and utterly entertained from the first kick of the bass drum to the last crash of the cymbal.’
    • ‘Then there was laughter and well-wishing and noise-making from the hall as those outside sounded cymbals amidst shouts and jests.’
    • ‘The chants are conducted with drum beats and interspersed with resonating long horns and the clash of cymbals.’


Old English, from Latin cymbalum, from Greek kumbalon, from kumbē cup; readopted in Middle English from Old French cymbale.