bodh·​ran | \ ˈbȯ-(ˌ)rän How to pronounce bodhran (audio) , -rən \

Definition of bodhran

: a shallow handheld Irish drum

Examples of bodhran in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, harmonica, whistles, bodhrans, banjo and good humor are all part of the entertainment., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 30 Sep. 2019 Each Lad is a multi-instrumentalist, and the combined lineup includes fiddle, button accordion, tenor banjo, flute, whistle, guitar, bouzouki, Uilleann pipes, 5-string banjo, concertina, and bodhran. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Feb. 10-16," 10 Feb. 2020 Loads of instruments — flute, whistles, harp, bodhran and more — breed loads of interest. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Raglan Road’s 8th Annual Great Irish Hooley rolls into Disney Springs for Labor Day Weekend," 26 Aug. 2019 The group brings to the stage a diverse array of instruments, including the accordion, fiddle, bodhran, and cittern, along with vocals and an element of dance. Grace Dickinson,, "5 Irish events in Philly to keep that St. Pat's spirit going," 4 Apr. 2018 The program will feature fiddle tunes, ballads and singalongs played on viola, mandocello, penny whistle, banjo and bodhran. Linda Mcintosh,, "Big Heart Award goes to Bonsall woman ... community news," 16 Mar. 2018 Danú’s seven-person band and Goitse’s quintet both include a fiddler, a guitarist, an accordionist and someone playing an Irish drum called a bodhran. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Going green: Six places around Sacramento to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day | The Sacramento Bee," 15 Mar. 2018 Susan McFadden, Mairead Carlin, Eabha McMahon and Tara McNeil are joined by pipers, dancers and a full band playing bouzouki, tin whistle, bodhran, Uilean pipes and other traditional Irish instruments. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "9 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week | Charlotte Observer," 7 Mar. 2018 The bagpipes melded with guitars, flute, fiddle and bodhran for a unique sound. Michael Sangiacomo,, "Folk Alliance, a weekend of music from around the world (photos)," 18 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bodhran

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bodhran

Irish bodhrán

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“Bodhran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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