Definition of gamelan
: an Indonesian orchestra made up especially of percussion instruments (such as gongs, xylophones, and drums)
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His first recording for Nonesuch, devoted to the gamelan, the traditional percussion orchestra of Indonesia, sold surprisingly well.
Mr. Lewiston recorded the ethereal percussive sounds of the traditional Balinese ensembles known as gamelans.
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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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