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gamelan

[gam-uh-lan, -luh n]
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noun
  1. an Indonesian orchestra consisting of bowed stringed instruments, flutes, and a great variety of percussion instruments.
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Also gam·e·lin [gam-uh-lin] /ˈgæm ə lɪn/.

Origin of gamelan

1810–20; < Javanese, equivalent to gamel song accompanied by a gamelan + -an nominalizing suffix
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Examples from the Web for gamelan

Historical Examples

  • The gamelan also which accompanies the dalang is somewhat different.

    A Visit to Java

    W. Basil Worsfold

  • Gamelan broke into a song of welcome; the bridegroom was coming.

    Letters of a Javanese Princess

    Raden Adjeng Kartini

  • We know what Borel has written on the gamelan (he calls it soul music).

    Letters of a Javanese Princess

    Raden Adjeng Kartini

  • The kaboepaten was filled with gamelan music and the perfume of flowers.

    Letters of a Javanese Princess

    Raden Adjeng Kartini

  • The gamelan played; a dancing-girl entered and began to dance.

    Letters of a Javanese Princess

    Raden Adjeng Kartini


British Dictionary definitions for gamelan

gamelan

noun
  1. a type of percussion orchestra common in the East Indies
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Word Origin

from Javanese
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Word Origin and History for gamelan

n.

"East Indian orchestra," 1817, from Javanese gamel "to handle."

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