noun. a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it.
- percussion instrument
- drum (English)
- kettle (English)
- ketel (Middle English (1100-1500))
Example sentences of the word kettledrum
1. Noun, singular or mass
Musicians can change the pitch of a kettledrum as they play through the use of a foot pedal.