bodh·​ran ˈbȯ-(ˌ)rän How to pronounce bodhran (audio)
: a shallow handheld Irish drum

Examples of bodhran in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Featured instruments can include the fiddle, banjo, button accordion, harp and the bodhran, a drum that sounds like dancing feet, according to Bools. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 1 June 2023 Guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, harmonica, whistles, bodhrans, banjo and good humor are all part of the entertainment., 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,, 10 Feb. 2020 Loads of instruments — flute, whistles, harp, bodhran and more — breed loads of interest. Amy Drew Thompson,, 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,, 4 Apr. 2018 The program will feature fiddle tunes, ballads and singalongs played on viola, mandocello, penny whistle, banjo and bodhran. Linda McIntosh,, 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, 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, 7 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Irish bodhrán

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bodhran was in 1972

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“Bodhran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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