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

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Recent Examples on the Web Its owner, John Murphy, a father of nine children, had taught his mariachi musicians Irish songs to perform on March 17. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2021 As a mariachi played melodies for the crowd, hundreds of families lined up Tuesday to get groceries for their Christmas dinner in Little Village, one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19. Laura Rodríguez Presa,, 22 Dec. 2020 But the tradition of mariachi goes back more than 100 years. Richard A. Marini,, 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, 11 May 2020 The group performs banda music, a subgenre of regional Mexican music that also includes mariachi, ranchera and norteño. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, 30 July 2019 Another favorite was the joyous video of the Roma Independent School District’s varsity mariachi practicing via videoconference. Elaine Ayala,, 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,, 21 Jan. 2020 My daughter has participated in mariachi and all of a sudden Ms. Luna is gone. Krista Torralva,, 29 Nov. 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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“Mariachi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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