noun ban·jo \ˈban-(ˌ)jō\

: a musical instrument like a small guitar with a round body, a long neck, and four or five strings

plural banjos also banjoes

Full Definition of BANJO

:  a musical instrument with a drumlike body, a fretted neck, and usually four or five strings which may be plucked or strummed
ban·jo·ist \-ˌjō-ist\ noun

Illustration of BANJO

Origin of BANJO

probably of African origin; akin to Kimbundu mbanza, a similar instrument
First Known Use: 1739


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