Note that this is pronounced "tambor" like the first two syllables of "tambourine". Click on "Dictionary w/ Pronunciation" to hear it.
For example, timbre is what people use to distinguish the saxophone from the trumpet even if both instruments are playing notes at the same pitch and amplitude. Click on "Wikipedia Article" for a more detailed discussion.
I think of his face without the mask and the low, thrilling timbre of his voice when he whispered in my ear at the Moon Festival.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
"I’m not letting you pull another Camp Haven on me," I said, adding what I hoped to be an alluring purr to the timbre.
Rick Yancey -- The Infinite Sea
Addison laughed, the timbre surprisingly human.
Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
Also will improve the timbre of your voice.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
She has experienced her oldest boy, Minor, grow up by listening to the deepening timbre of his voice on the telephone.
Sonia Nazario -- Enrique’s Journey
When she spoke her voice had a beautiful low timbre, soft and modulated, and yet with ringing overtones.
John Steinbeck -- The Grapes of Wrath
The voice had its very own timbre, with a heavy, weary rasp.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
For a moment, Collet thought he recognized the timbre of the man’s voice, but he couldn’t quite place it.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
She stood listening to the alternating timbres and resonances of the men’s voices.
Frank Beddor -- The Looking Glass Wars
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With a microsecond pause, and a finely calculated micro-modulation of pitch and timbre—nothing you could actually take offense at—Marvin managed to convey his utter contempt and horror of all things human.
Douglas Adams -- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Sam’s mental voice changed, took on that strange double timbre that we could not disobey.
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
Nye, whose normal voice is cuttingly nasal and naturally intimidating, was attempting a subdued timbre, a disarming, throw-away style.
Truman Capote -- In Cold Blood
So we watch their faces, their hands, their feet, and listen for truth in timbre.
Toni Morrison -- The Bluest Eye
Her voice is strong, young, tremulous and clear, rapt with its own timbre and volume, the fan still moving steadily up and down, whispering the useless air.
William Faulkner -- As I Lay Dying
The timbre of Kynes’ voice held Paul’s attention.
Frank Herbert -- Dune
Its timbre replaced that of the overhead lights and cast a subtle pall across the citizens in the gallery, who sat looking at one another and at the ceiling.
David Guterson -- Snow Falling on Cedars
Why—why—it had been Ashley in the wintry, windswept orchard at Tara, talking of life and shadow shows with a tired calmness that had more finality in its timbre than any desperate bitterness could have revealed.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
Miss Susie, Miss Susie Gresham, back there looking at that co-ed smiling at that he-ed-listen to me, the bungling bugler of words, imitating the trumpet and the trombone’s timbre, playing thematic variations like a baritone horn.
Ralph Ellison -- Invisible Man
John stared at Elisha all during the lesson, admiring the timbre of Elisha’.
James Baldwin -- Go Tell It on the Mountain
The timbre of her voice was deeper than usual.
Pat Frank -- Alas, Babylon
Yet the heartiness, like the timbre, seemed to be as impermanent as the sound of the words, vanishing, leaving nothing, not even a definitely stated thought in the ear or the belief.
William Faulkner -- Light in August
For the next twenty minutes, I could see the tension building, in her neck, her features, the shaking timbre of her voice as one bad thing after another kept happening.
Sarah Dessen -- The Truth About Forever
Dr. Urbino could barely see him amid the leaves, and he tried to cajole him in Spanish and French and even in Latin, and the parrot responded in the same languages and with the same emphasis and timbre in his voice, but he did not move from his treetop.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- Love in the Time of Cholera
She kept her voice low, not out of deference for my newly acquired higher status but at a timbre that seemed tamped down by fear.
Lisa See -- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Her weeping had the timbre of imponderable loss, even of despair.
Pat Conroy -- The Lords of Discipline
At this hour, it was very possible that Franny felt deeply hesitant about taking a chance on just the timbre, let alone the verbal content, of any of her brothers’ voices on the phone.
J.D. Salinger -- Franny and Zooey
It brought her to Number 7 Carpenter’s Road and the door with the blue glass; it helped her to resist scratching the screen as in days gone by; it hid from her the true motives for her charity, and, finally, it gave her voice the timbre she wanted it to have: free of delight or a lip-smacking "I told you so" with which the news of Sula’s illness had been received up in the Bottom—free of the least hint of retribution.
Toni Morrison -- Sula
Only the timbre of his voice showed his passion; he was as slow and easy as Pruitt.
Zane Grey -- The Thundering Herd
It lent an added timbre to her speaking voice.
Ann Petry -- Harriet Tubman
The timbre of his bark had deepened to an intimidating boom.
John Grogan -- Marley & Me
It has a slightly different timbre than most voices.
Ally Condie -- Matched
One spoke with the timbre of a child.
George R.R. Martin -- A Clash of Kings
On the formal crossing to the Archipelago, there was a different timbre in the atmosphere.
James A. Owen -- Here, There be Dragons
"Let me guess," Eli said, his voice that low, even timbre, as always.
Sarah Dessen -- Along for the Ride
By then Mike’s voice was "human" in timbre and quality, recognizable.
Robert A. Heinlein -- The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
The particular timbre of her voice and her soft Virginia accent were the same as Michelle’s had been.
Dean Koontz -- Sole Survivor
"Your analogy is excellent, sir," said Mr. Mompellion; his voice had the commanding timbre that he used in the pulpit.
Geraldine Brooks -- Year of Wonders
Dad had a fine baritone, with strength and timbre and range, and despite being tanked, he sang that hymn like the roof-raiser it is.
Jeannette Walls -- The Glass Castle
It’s not at all obvious what he’s going to say until he says it, with a thrust to his lower lip and an executive timbre in his voice.
Don DeLillo -- Underworld
As we struggle to find our individual voices, I believe we must look beyond the voice we’ve been assigned and find our place among the tones and timbre of human expression.
Jay Allison, et al. -- This I Believe II
On roua avant-hier un violon, qui avait commence la danse et la pillerie du papier timbre; il a ete ecartele apres sa mort, et ses quatre quartiers exposes aux quatre coins de la ville.
Alexis de Toqueville -- Democracy In America, Volume 2
F can break down chords, and timbres, and words too into all the basic frequencies and harmonics, with all their different loudnesses, and listen to them, each pure tone, but all at once.
Thomas Pynchon -- The Crying of Lot 49
Pedro Tercero was still thin, and still had his stiff hair and sad eyes, but his voice had acquired a hoarse, passionate timbre that would one day make him famous, when he would sing songs of revolution.
Isabel Allende -- The House of Spirits
Even as they conferred by the register, though, they heard the building creak loudly — a strangely ancient sound, it seemed, a foreign timbre wholly out of keeping with the pop and sizzle of the chicken, the wha-ingg!
Gish Jen -- Typical American
Sunday all the mill operatives were free; and then groups of women and children added themselves to the men; dinners were taken along, lending a grotesque suggestion of picnicking to the work, a suggestion contradicted by the anxious faces, the strained timbre of the voices that called from group to group.
Grace MacGowan Cooke -- The Power and the Glory
Do give me a timbre-poste.
Thomas Mann -- The Magic Mountain
"And I said," Brinker’s voice was full of authority and perfectly under control, "that for Finny’s good," and with an additional timbre of sincerity, "and for your own good too, by the way, Gene, that we should get all this out into the open.
John Knowles -- A Separate Peace
(So firm—so liquid-soft—again that tremulous, manly timbre!
Walt Whitman -- Leaves of Grass
The tone, the timbre excellent—imperative, very sharp.