Definition of crotale in English:

crotale

Pronunciation /ˈkrōˌtäl//ˈkrōtl/

noun

usually crotales
  • A small tuned cymbal.

    • ‘The first movement's short ‘introduction’ is dominated by a characteristic ‘chiming’ texture, with crotales and celesta (and, later, alto flute, clarinet, violin and cello) outlining an added C major dominant seventh chord.’
    • ‘Along with the chorus, there are four pianos, tympani, and a fascinating assortment of percussion instruments - xylophone, crotales, bell, snare drum, side drum, bass drum, tambourine, cymbals and triangle.’

Origin

1930s: French, from Latin crotalum, denoting an ancient type of castanet, from Greek krotalon.

Pronunciation

crotale

/ˈkrōˌtäl//ˈkrōtl/