- 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 banjoist
Historical Examples of banjoist
So he stared with all his might at the banjoist, who just then began another song.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on an Auto Tour
Laura Lee Hope
The banjoist is now being interviewed, and believes that the air he must have been performing at the time was "The Lost Chord."
I must not forget our banjoist, who of nights beguiled our careworn chief with cheery marches, quicksteps, and comic songs.With Steyn and De Wet
- 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.