noun, plural ban·jos, ban·joes.
- banja luka,
- banjo clock,
- bank acceptance
Origin of banjo
Examples from the Web for banjo
Well someone gave that kid a banjo and a Wi-Fi connection and told him to go to town.Michael Cera’s ‘true that’ Review: So Melancholy, So Cool, So Damn Long|Amy Zimmerman|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In her down time, she plays the banjo in an all-girl band, Loose Gravel.
When he was 11, his father built him a banjo, at first fashioning the head out of groundhog hide.Doc Watson, a Legendary Picker, Was Traditional Music’s Best Ambassador|Malcolm Jones|May 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Before Earl Scruggs, banjo players were not front men, but they were funny.
In a tradition that goes back to the days of the minstrel show, the banjo player doubled as a comedian.
He was quite a musician, and touched the harmonicon, banjo and accordeon with skill and feeling.
Banjo waited until they were ready to begin their slow march to the ranch, when he led his little horse forward.
“Maybe she needs a change—a change of air,” Banjo suggested, with what vague hope only himself could tell.
During his lifetime he had specialized in making tall case and banjo clocks.Early American Scientific Instruments and Their Makers|Silvio A. Bedini
The banjo laughs louder than all, and the great apartment is full of uproar, and mirth, and dance.Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee and his Paladins|John Esten Cooke
noun plural -jos or -joes
Word Origin for banjo
1764, American English, usually described as of African origin, probably akin to Bantu mbanza, an instrument resembling a banjo. The word has been influenced by colloquial pronunciation of bandore (1560s in English), a 16c. stringed instrument like a lute and an ancestor (musically and linguistically) of mandolin; from Portuguese bandurra, from Latin pandura, from Greek pandoura "three-stringed instrument." The origin and influence might be the reverse of what is here described.