band·​stand ˈban(d)-ˌstand How to pronounce bandstand (audio)
: a usually roofed platform on which a band or orchestra performs outdoors
: a platform in a ballroom or nightclub on which musicians perform

Examples of bandstand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those sentiments are shared by top San Diego jazz flutist Holly Hofmann, who also teaches at the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory and shared many a bandstand with Boss over the years. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2024 On a Facebook tribute a few years ago describing that first encounter, Green hailed Cables’ bountiful generosity on and off the bandstand. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 During her two decades in New York, Davis’s presence on the bandstand was a kind of bellwether. Jon Garelick,, 30 Aug. 2023 On May 14, 2022, five people — most of them underage — were arrested after a series of fights broke out near the bandstand, and a juvenile victim suffered potentially serious injuries, State Police said at the time. Jeremy C. Fox,, 29 May 2023 Already, the bandstand stairs have been closed to the public, and workers took measurements of the site late last week. Lacey Latch, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2023 The Standard was laid out beautifully, rows of tables set perpendicular to the bandstand, a comfortable bar near the entrance, and what felt like an entire space of its own stage left, where well-connected (or just fortunate) patrons could spread out a little at their tables. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, 23 Dec. 2020 The bandstand has been the focal point of Clarkdale since at least 1917. Lacey Latch, The Arizona Republic, 6 June 2023 His fleet and fluent bebop was a regular and popular presence on District bandstands like Twins and HR-57. Michael J. West, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bandstand was in 1843

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“Bandstand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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band·​stand ˈban(d)-ˌstand How to pronounce bandstand (audio)
: an outdoor platform on which a band performs

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