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Definition: Timbre is the unique quality of an instrument’s sound; its “voice.”

Timbre describes the difference between two tones played in the same pitch and volume. For example, timbre is what you observe when you decipher a piano from a guitar; or an acoustic guitar from an electric.

Also Known As:
  • tone color (Eng)
  • timbro (It)
  • timbre (Fr)
  • Klangfarbe (Ger)

Pronunciation: tam'-ber (U.S.); tim'-br-uh (U.K.)
Common Misspellings: tamber, timber, tambre

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