timbre
Pronunciation
  • (British) enPR: tăm'bə(r), IPA: /ˈtæmbə(ɹ)/
  • (America) enPR tăm'bər, IPA: /ˈtæm.bɚ/, /ˈtɪm.bɚ/

Noun

timbre

  1. The quality of a sound independent of its pitch and volume.
    • 1931, H. P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness, chapter 7:
      It was a hard whisper to catch at first, since the grey moustache concealed all movements of the lips, and something in its timbre disturbed me greatly; but by concentrating my attention I could soon make out its purport surprisingly well.
  2. (heraldry) The crest on a coat of arms.
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