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
banjoistplay \-ˌjō-ist\ noun
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DAYTON, Tenn. — A statue of Clarence Darrow appeared in front of the historic red brick courthouse here this week, just within spitting distance of the banner for the Scopes Bluegrass Festival and its logo featuring a banjo-picking chimpanzee.
Raised near Romeo, the 21-year-old troubadour who now calls Detroit home has an angelic voice that's augmented by a blend of guitars (and occasionally a banjo).
Brevard’s Steep Canyon Rangers, a Grammy-winning bluegrass band that often appears with comedian and banjo player Steve Martin.
True to his banjo-hitting reputation, Goins is batting a mere .211/.274/.339 this season.
Back for the fifth straight year, Ed Helms' banjo-heavy bluegrass jam session has become an integral part of the Bonnaroo spirit: collaborative, southern-fried, crowd-pleasing and solo-heavy.
The Ramblers’ music deeply influenced bluegrass and modern country music, and Poole himself was known for a unique three-finger banjo picking style.
The event, which runs through Sunday, features five visiting master artists/instructors: John Carty (fiddle, banjo), Colm O’Donnell (flute, whistle, song), James Kelly (fiddle), Meabh Begley (accordion, song) and Sean Gavin (flute, uilleann pipes).
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Origin and Etymology of banjo
probably of African origin; akin to Kimbundu mbanza, a similar instrument
First Known Use: 1739See Words from the same year
BANJO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of banjo for English Language Learners
: a musical instrument like a small guitar with a round body, a long neck, and four or five strings
BANJO Defined for Kids
Definition of banjo for Students
: a musical instrument with a round body, long neck, and four or five strings
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