[ban-dawr, -dohr, ban-dawr, -dohr]


an obsolete musical instrument resembling the guitar.

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

Related Words for bandore

helmet, hat, turban, tiara, cap, crown, bonnet, coronet, hood, coiffure, biretta, toque, busby, miter

Examples from the Web for bandore

Historical Examples of 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



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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