- a musical instrument of the guitar family, having a circular body covered in front with tightly stretched parchment and played with the fingers or a plectrum.
Origin of banjo
Examples from the Web for banjo
Contemporary Examples of 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
August 13, 2014
In her down time, she plays the banjo in an all-girl band, Loose Gravel.Could Michelle Obama Run for the U.S. Senate?
March 31, 2013
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
May 30, 2012
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.
Historical Examples of banjo
On a low couch piled with cushions lay Helen's mandolin and a banjo.The Bacillus of Beauty
He just missed running into Banjo on the Hog's Back by the skin of the teeth.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
That evening old Barnaby brought his banjo around to the veranda.Southern Lights and Shadows
Down the middle of the guitar there is a walled enclosure of the shape of a banjo.The Manxman
Come up and bring that boy with his banjo, and we'll have a lot of fun.Dave Porter At Bear Camp
- a stringed musical instrument with a long neck (usually fretted) and a circular drumlike body overlaid with parchment, plucked with the fingers or a plectrum
- slang any banjo-shaped object, esp a frying pan
- Australian and NZ slang a long-handled shovel with a wide blade
- (modifier) banjo-shapeda banjo clock
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.