Definition of tabor in English:



  • A small drum, especially one used simultaneously by the player of a simple pipe.

    • ‘Musicians will play pipes, tabors and sackbuts, to recreate the music from court and country.’
    • ‘Dance bands have varied from the medieval one-man band of pipe and tabor to the small symphony orchestras of Johann Strauss.’
    • ‘They sing a catch, the tune of which Ariel invisibly plays on a tabor and pipe.’
    • ‘The snare drum of the set resembles the side drum of the symphony orchestra - both drums derive from the medieval tabor.’
    • ‘As the pipe and tabor joined in the tune, Loraine and her partner clasped hands high and walked three steps before turning and going back the other way.’


Middle English: from Old French tabour drum; perhaps related to Persian tabīra drum. Compare with tambour.