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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

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

ban·jo·ist play \-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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