Definition of tambourine :
1. A small drum, especially a shallow drum with only one skin, played on with the hand, and having bells at the sides; a timbrel.
2. A South American wild dove ( Tympanistria tympanistria), mostly white, with black- tiped wings and tail. Its resonant note is said to be ventriloquous.
musical instruments (part of speech: noun)
- If she had only possessed a tambourine she would have been the complete realisation of his dreams. - "Orientations", William Somerset Maugham.
- In front of the rectory some Italian children were dancing to the jingle of a tambourine. - "Flamsted quarries", Mary E. Waller.
- The chat was not at all unpleasant, as he seemed to be a well- informed person, and it was not without regret that I noted the approach of Cousin Egbert in company with a pleasant- faced, middle- aged lady in Oriental garb, carrying a tambourine. - "Ruggles of Red Gap", Harry Leon Wilson.