The words timbre, tambour sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do timbre, tambour sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: timbre, tambour are homophones of the English language.
A drum or drummer.
A small wooden embroidery frame consisting of two concentric hoops between which fabric is stretched.
Embroidery made on such a frame.
A rolling front or top for a desk or table, consisting of narrow strips of wood glued to canvas.
The combination of qualities of a sound that distinguishes it from other sounds of the same pitch and volume.
Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.