- an Indonesian orchestra consisting of bowed stringed instruments, flutes, and a great variety of percussion instruments.
Origin of gamelan
Examples from the Web for gamelan
Historical Examples of gamelan
The gamelan also which accompanies the dalang is somewhat different.A Visit to Java
W. Basil Worsfold
We know what Borel has written on the gamelan (he calls it soul music).
Gamelan broke into a song of welcome; the bridegroom was coming.
The kaboepaten was filled with gamelan music and the perfume of flowers.
The gamelan played; a dancing-girl entered and began to dance.
- a type of percussion orchestra common in the East Indies
Word Origin for gamelan
"East Indian orchestra," 1817, from Javanese gamel "to handle."