Meaning of crotale in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrəʊt(ə)l/


usually crotales
  • A small tuned cymbal.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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