band shell


: a bandstand having at the rear a sounding board shaped like a huge concave seashell

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In daylight, the band shell for which the venue is named seems like a mysterious artifact washed ashore from San Diego Bay. Dirk Sutro, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2022 Without amplification, music from the band shell would carry only to the first few rows. Dirk Sutro, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2022 The band shell was empty but for two stacks of speakers, a portrait of John on an easel, garlands of evergreen, and a single wreath. Jann S. Wenner, Rolling Stone, 2 Sep. 2022 The exhibit, which will be open during the park district facility’s regular hours, will kick off with a free concert by the Beatelles, the area’s premier all-female Beatles cover band Sept. 8 at the park district’s band shell. Jeff Banowetz, Chicago Tribune, 31 Aug. 2022 Lea DeLaria, the actress-comedian, surveyed the crowd that had gathered on a recent Sunday evening at the Damrosch Park band shell at Lincoln Center. New York Times, 26 July 2022 Maybe 15 minutes after theatrically fleeing the Hollywood Bowl band shell, Martin returned — banjo in tow. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Aug. 2022 The city sold the band shell in 1920 to a family living across the street, which used it as a garage. Star Tribune, 14 Nov. 2020 The department also started construction on a parking lot behind the Music Concourse band shell, which will add 20 new ADA parking spaces, repaved walkways and a new accessible path to the Japanese Tea Garden. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'band shell.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of band shell was in 1897

Dictionary Entries Near band shell

Cite this Entry

“Band shell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
Name That Thing

You know what it looks like… but what is it called?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.