A large copper or brass hemispherical drum with a parchment head that can be tuned by adjusting the tension.(noun)
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Use "kettledrum" in a sentence
"Of course the play upon this meaning of the word and the instrument called a kettledrum is intentional, the word "drum" meaning a crowded "evening party," "drum," applying to the close packing, as, a drum of figs. Answer also received from A BUSY BEE."
"Kumran hearing of this was very angry, for the beating of a kettledrum is a sign of Empire."
"So, although many a house is opened this winter at the same convenient hour, and with perhaps only the bouillon and tea-kettle and bit of cake or sandwich (for really no one wants more refreshment than this before dinner and after luncheon), the name of these afternoon entertainments has been by mutual consent dropped, and we no longer see the word "kettledrum" or "afternoon tea" on a card, but simply the date and the hour."