Meaning of timbale in English:


Pronunciation /tamˈbɑːl/


  • 1A dish of finely minced meat or fish cooked with other ingredients in a pastry shell or in a mould.

    ‘a chicken and avocado timbale’
    • ‘Guests were welcomed with a sparkling wine with a dash of cassis, then on to the more serious matter of the timbale of shrimp, Parma ham and vegetables in tuna sauce, followed by a curry flavoured chicken cream soup, and lemon grass sorbet.’
    • ‘The first dish that literally made my mouth water was a warm timbale of Arbroath smokies.’
    • ‘We thought the crab timbale, though delicious, a little on the pricey side for such a dainty entrée but you won't hear me grumbling about the scallops.’
    • ‘To start I had a coconut and crab timbale with avocado served with five juicy crab claws, mango salsa and rocket salad for €9.80.’
    • ‘I decided to see if the crushed shrimp and avocado timbale with Bloody Mary dressing stood up to its exciting description.’
  • 2timbalesPaired cylindrical drums played with sticks in Latin American dance music.

    ‘There's keyboard, bass guitar, drums, two trumpets, two trombones, timbales, conga and two backing vocals.’
    • ‘These three main patterns are amplified by turtle shells, claves, timbales, bongos, congas, maracas and tambourines.’
    • ‘A master of the bongo and timbales, he deftly crafts complex and rousing Latin American anthems infused with a joyous intensity.’
    • ‘The drummer played the timbales and traps simultaneously.’
    • ‘I took up percussion in high school, learned congas and timbales, was basically self taught.’


French, ‘drum’ (in timbale (sense 1) with reference to the shape of the prepared dish; in timbale (sense 2) short for timbales cubains or timbales creoles ‘Cuban’ or ‘creole drums’).