banjo

noun
ban·​jo | \ ˈban-(ˌ)jō How to pronounce banjo (audio) \
plural banjos also banjoes

Definition of banjo

: a musical instrument with a drumlike body, a fretted neck, and usually four or five strings which may be plucked or strummed

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Other Words from banjo

banjoist \ ˈban-​ˌjō-​ist How to pronounce banjoist (audio) \ noun

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On Saturday, enjoy the music of The Baker Family, Ken and Brad Kolodner, Charm City Junction, The Bluegrass Brothers, Junior Sisk Band; and a fiddle, banjo and bass workshop with the Baker Family Bluegrass Band. Shiela Johnson, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "North Carroll: Manchester Valley Stampede; bluegrass event returns as Upperco Music Festival; ‘Heroin Still Kills’ showing," 19 Aug. 2019 That’s especially important to Kim, who’s also the mother of three musicians: Cal, 36, currently performing with rock singer-songwriter Beck, Ashley, 32, who writes music and plays banjo, and Shannon, 34, part of a rock band. Justin Curto, PEOPLE.com, "Two Years After Glen Campbell's Death, His Widow Says It's Still 'Heart-Wrenching'," 8 Aug. 2019 An archival recording from the 1920s shows Uncle John Scruggs, born into slavery in 1855, playing the banjo next to a sharecropper shack. al, "The 17th-century slave ship roots of country music," 2 Aug. 2019 An archival recording from the 1920s shows Uncle John Scruggs, born into slavery in 1855, playing the banjo next to a sharecropper shack. Washington Post, "Tracing country music’s roots back to 17th-century slave ships," 2 Aug. 2019 Today, artists like Sam Hunt and Luke Bryan experiment with booming hip-hop beats, interspersed with banjo. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "What ain’t country about ‘Old Town Road’?," 12 Apr. 2019 On the wall and on stands throughout the room are no fewer than 20 guitars (many custom-made for Bates) and one banjo. Lisa Fung, Los Angeles Times, "‘Hobbs & Shaw’ composer Tyler Bates’ surprising next gig: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘R.U.N’," 2 Aug. 2019 Those new artists have been showing up at Newport, too; this year, Our Native Daughters, the Rhiannon Giddens-founded all-women, all-banjo assemblage, will perform. Stuart Munro, BostonGlobe.com, "Folkies old and new will be paired on the festival stage," 24 July 2019 Lee played clarinet and sax and was teaching himself the banjo. courant.com, "LeRoy Dyer," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of banjo

1739, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for banjo

probably of African origin; akin to Kimbundu mbanza, a similar instrument

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banjo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of banjo

: a musical instrument like a small guitar with a round body, a long neck, and four or five strings

banjo

noun
ban·​jo | \ ˈban-jō How to pronounce banjo (audio) \
plural banjos

Kids Definition of banjo

: a musical instrument with a round body, long neck, and four or five strings

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