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banjo

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noun, ban·jo \ˈban-(ˌ)jō\

Simple Definition of banjo

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of banjo

plural banjos also banjoes

  1. :  a musical instrument with a drumlike body, a fretted neck, and usually four or five strings which may be plucked or strummed

banjoist play \-ˌjō-ist\ noun

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Origin of banjo

probably of African origin; akin to Kimbundu mbanza, a similar instrument


First Known Use: 1739


BANJO Defined for Kids

banjo

play
noun ban·jo \ˈban-jō\

Definition of banjo for Students

plural banjos

  1. :  a musical instrument with a round body, long neck, and four or five strings




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