Definition of side drum in English:

side drum

noun

  • another term for snare drum
    • ‘The snare drum of the set resembles the side drum of the symphony orchestra - both drums derive from the medieval tabor.’
    • ‘There was another set of timpani, another bass drum, side drums, castanets, two xylophones, and, if I recall correctly, tubular bells as well.’
    • ‘The earliest of the pieces, the Quartet of 1924, boasts an odd scoring - the inclusion of the side drum - but the music itself sounds like the most natural thing in the world.’
    • ‘I used to play the side drum in a bagpipe marching band.’
    • ‘But then a side drum invades, playing at its own tempo, and a battle is set up between the orchestra and this single drummer.’

Origin

Late 18th century: so named because it was originally played, suspended from the drummer's side.

Pronunciation:

side drum

/ˈsīd ˌdrəm/