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banda

noun ban·da \ ˈban-də \

Definition of banda

plural bandas
:a thatched house of central Africa

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Origin and Etymology of banda

borrowed from Swahili


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banda

noun ban·da \ ˈbän-dä \

Definition of banda

plural bandas
: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 ChusidVerdi's Middle Period1997

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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 banda3band


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banda

noun ban·da \ ˈbän-dä \

Definition of banda

plural bandas
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 SimonettBanda2001
called also tambora
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.
  • Billboard15 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 bande3band, in part continuing earlier banda “flock, herd,” perhaps of pre-Latin origin


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