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
Recent Examples of banjo from the Web
More than 300 of Schonbeck’s inventive handmade instruments — a nine-foot banjo, a drum made from airplane fuselage, a chime rack from castoff objects — now reside in Building 6 and can be played by visitors.
Among them are a five-string long neck banjo and a 12-string electric Rickenbacker guitar -- the latter of which helped give the Byrds their signature, ringing pop sound.
Rogue frequencies and free-form, howling feedback are left to burn out, while drums, a harmonica, sporadic vocals, and even a banjo fight to keep up.
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Origin and Etymology of banjo
probably of African origin; akin to Kimbundu mbanza, a similar instrument
First Known Use: 1739
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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