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banda

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noun ban·da \ˈban-də\

Definition of banda

plural

bandas

  1. :  a thatched house of central Africa

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Origin and Etymology of banda

borrowed from Swahili


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banda

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noun ban·da \ˈbän-dä\

Definition of banda

plural

bandas

  1. :  an onstage instrumental ensemble in an opera In Rigoletto the banda (stage band) and in La Traviata the orchestra open their respective first acts with the main musical ideas … — Martin Chusid, Verdi's Middle Period, 1997

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Origin and Etymology of banda

borrowed from Italian, “troop, band, band of musicians,” borrowed from Middle French bande and Old Occitan banda 3band


First Known Use: circa 1980


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banda

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noun ban·da \ˈbän-dä\

Definition of banda

plural

bandas

  1. 1 :  a Mexican band traditionally featuring brass instruments, tambora, and often woodwinds and singers He told me that the banda had visited the United States already in 1948 to play in Los Angeles on the Fourth of July, American Independence Day. — Helena Simonett, Banda, 2001 —called also tambora

  2. 2 :  music played by a banda While regional Mexican music incorporates other traditional styles, banda is unique in its energizing percussive power and commanding horns. — Billboard, 15 Nov. 2003 —called also tambora

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Origin and Etymology of banda

borrowed from Spanish, “group, troop, band of musicians,” in part borrowed from French bande 3band, in part continuing earlier banda “flock, herd,” perhaps of pre-Latin origin


First Known Use: 1981


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