Ket"tle*drum` (?), n.
A drum made of thin copper in the form of a hemispherical kettle, with parchment stretched over the mouth of it.
⇒ Kettledrums, in pairs, were formerly used in martial music for cavalry, but are now chiefly confined to orchestras, where they are called tympani.
An informal social party at which a light collation is offered, held in the afternoon or early evening. Cf. Drum, n., 4 and 5.
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