[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
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Examples from the Web for gamelan
The gamelan also which accompanies the dalang is somewhat different.A Visit to Java
W. Basil Worsfold
Gamelan broke into a song of welcome; the bridegroom was coming.
We know what Borel has written on the gamelan (he calls it soul music).
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 and History for gamelan
"East Indian orchestra," 1817, from Javanese gamel "to handle."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper