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Definition of mariachi

1 : a small, strolling, Mexican band consisting usually of trumpeters, guitarists, and violinists also : a musician belonging to such a band often used before another noun
2 : the music performed by a mariachi

Examples of mariachi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the tradition of mariachi goes back more than 100 years. Richard A. Marini,, "San Antonio mariachi musicians worry about their future in a post-pandemic world," 29 Apr. 2020 In Mexico, the mariachi serenades were delivered to mom by video - or a drive by. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: A cautious, global economic reawakening," 11 May 2020 The group performs banda music, a subgenre of regional Mexican music that also includes mariachi, ranchera and norteño. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "Banda MS Announce Valentine's Day Show at the Staples Center," 30 July 2019 Another favorite was the joyous video of the Roma Independent School District’s varsity mariachi practicing via videoconference. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: A spring vacation turned into a surreal staycation," 28 Mar. 2020 Until then, Sunday Mass, including a 10 a.m. bilingual service and a noon mariachi service, are being held at the Chapel of Blessed Sacrament Academy, 1135 Mission Road. Scott Huddleston,, "Expert work on Mission Concepción seeks to ensure historic church continues for another 300 years," 21 Jan. 2020 My daughter has participated in mariachi and all of a sudden Ms. Luna is gone. Krista Torralva,, "More than a year into job, Edgewood ISD superintendent puts priority on access," 29 Nov. 2019 The festival, which attracts talented high school mariachi groups that compete for the best high school-level mariachi in the San Antonio area, will take place Saturday from 3 to 10:30 p.m. Carmina Danini,, "Church, community leaders in San Antonio seek to infuse Día de los Muertos with spirituality," 28 Oct. 2019 Their father and grandfather learned how to play mariachi in their native Mexico and encouraged the siblings to continue the tradition. USA TODAY, "Massive pumpkin, runaway emu, 38-year-old penguin dies: News from around our 50 states," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mariachi

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mariachi

Mexican Spanish, perhaps modification of French mariage marriage

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11 Jun 2020

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“Mariachi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mariachi

US : a type of lively Mexican street music played by a band of trumpets and guitars

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