Meaning of cimbalom in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɪmb(ə)l(ə)m/


  • A large Hungarian dulcimer (musical instrument).

    ‘The traditional Romanian cimbalom (dulcimer or zither) is the sole accompaniment on the dramatic and stately ‘Cine iubeste si lasa.’’
    • ‘Hungarian Roma music, played on violins and cimbaloms, can be heard in many Hungarian restaurants.’
    • ‘It's beautiful, very formal music, heavy on the violin and the glorious cimbalom.’
    • ‘The performance involved a single musician playing original music, jarring yet rhythmic, on cello and cimbalom.’
    • ‘The Romanian cimbalom figures prominently for a start, playing the recurring figure representing confusion.’


Late 19th century from Hungarian, from Italian cembalo, cimbalo, from Latin cymbalum (see cymbal).