[gam-uh-lan, -luh n]


an Indonesian orchestra consisting of bowed stringed instruments, flutes, and a great variety of percussion instruments.

Also gam·e·lin [gam-uh-lin] /ˈgæm ə lɪn/.

Origin of gamelan

1810–20; < Javanese, equivalent to gamel song accompanied by a gamelan + -an nominalizing suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a type of percussion orchestra common in the East Indies

Word Origin for gamelan

from Javanese
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Word Origin and History for gamelan

"East Indian orchestra," 1817, from Javanese gamel "to handle."

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