ma·​ri·​a·​chi ˌmär-ē-ˈä-chē How to pronounce mariachi (audio)
: 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
: the music performed by a mariachi

Examples of mariachi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beer and tequila abound at the local cantina Salón París, and La Polar in San Rafael serves steaming bowls of birria, a regional beef stew, accompanied by raucous mariachi bands playing late into the night. Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023 The 2019 mariachi opera by Mexican composer and bandleader Javier Martínez and librettist Leonard Foglia drew a capacity crowd of both San Diego Opera’s regular, mostly White and older season-ticket holders and a large number of Mexican and Mexican American ticketholders of all ages. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Dec. 2023 The headliners are joined by Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, the first all-female mariachi in the U.S., as well as DanzArts Sabor México Dance Company. Andrea Flores, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2023 The Mexican artist Nodal has two nominations for best ranchero/mariachi album and best regional song. Chelsea Hylton, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2023 Throughout the concert, her songs are reimagined in a call to a new generation of fans to preserve the tradition of the mariachi. Andrea Flores, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023 Nodal is up for best ranchero/mariachi album and best regional song. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 17 Oct. 2023 The event, which starts at 8 p.m., will feature live mariachi and performances, a community fair and dozens of Mexican food trucks. Javier Arce, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2023 As fans entered the gates, they were greeted with a mariachi belting out festive Mexican folk tunes. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Mexican Spanish, perhaps modification of French mariage marriage

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mariachi was in 1923

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“Mariachi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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