bands·​man | \ ˈban(d)z-mən How to pronounce bandsman (audio) \

Definition of bandsman

: a member of a musical band

Examples of bandsman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the Dragons’ 60-strong squad ran out in their jade green shirts and black breeches, their half of the stadium erupted, egged on by over 400 cavorting cheerleaders and marching bandsmen. The Economist, 14 Dec. 2019 As Gene pointed out, most, but not all of the bandsmen were L&Ners. Nancy Stearns Theiss, The Courier-Journal, 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of bandsman

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Bandsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bandsman

: a musician who plays in a brass band or military band


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