[ ban-dawr, -dohr, ban-dawr, -dohr ]
/ bænˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr, ˈbæn dɔr, -doʊr /


an obsolete musical instrument resembling the guitar.

Nearby words

  1. bandoleer,
  2. bandolier,
  3. bandoline,
  4. bandoneon,
  5. bandora,
  6. bandsaw,
  7. bandsman,
  8. bandspreading,
  9. bandstand,
  10. bandung

Also ban·do·ra [ban-dawr-uh, -dohr-uh] /bænˈdɔr ə, -ˈdoʊr ə/.

Origin of bandore

1560–70; earlier bandurion < Spanish bandurria < Latin pandūra < Greek pandoûra three-stringed musical instrument

Also called pandora, pandore, pandoura, pandure. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bandore

  • Banjo seems to be derived from bandore or bandurria, modern French and Spanish forms of tambour, respectively.

    The American Language|Henry L. Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for bandore


/ (bænˈdɔː, ˈbændɔː) /


a 16th-century plucked musical instrument resembling a lute but larger and fitted with seven pairs of metal stringsAlso called: pandore, pandora

Word Origin for bandore

C16: from Spanish bandurria, from Late Latin pandūra three-stringed instrument, from Greek pandoura

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