mariachi

noun
ma·​ri·​a·​chi | \ ˌmär-ē-ˈä-chē How to pronounce mariachi (audio) , ˌmer- \

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 In addition, the heirs of at least seven mariachi-music greats will perform music popularized by their famous parents and grandparents. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 July 2022 Dodger Stadium crowd of 52,686 with Urìas bobbleheads distributed and top-flight mariachi band Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéller featuring singer Lupita Infante playing between innings on the video screen. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 But beautiful live performances also abounded, including the opening mariachi number dedicated to Vicente Fernandez. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 24 Feb. 2022 The mural is part of a series of works by Luis Valderas which feature his father dressed in his mariachi ensemble. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Dec. 2021 Cabello previously performed the song (alongside a mariachi) during NBC's Michael Bublé's Christmas in the City earlier this month. Tomás Mier, PEOPLE.com, 22 Dec. 2021 Chacón-Cruz’s recital — which will feature accompaniment by pianist Jeremy Frank in the first half and a mariachi ensemble in the second — is the third in a series that San Diego Opera has hosted this fall at different locations around the county. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Nov. 2021 What better way to mark the end of Latinx Heritage Month, than with Camila Cabello and a mariachi? Daniela Avila, PEOPLE.com, 15 Oct. 2021 In José Cruz González’s buoyant tale, Lucha looks into her personal history to invigorate her mother’s fading memory — and find her inner mariachi. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 18 July 2021 See More

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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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“Mariachi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mariachi. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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