gamelan

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noun gam·elan \ˈga-mə-ˌlan, -ˌlän\

Definition of gamelan

  1. :  an Indonesian orchestra made up especially of percussion instruments (such as gongs, xylophones, and drums)

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Origin and Etymology of gamelan

borrowed from Javanese, going back to Old Javanese gamĕlan “percussion instrument, ensemble of percussion instruments,” from gamĕl- “playing of a percussion instrument” + -an, noun-forming suffix


First Known Use: 1816


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