gamelan

[ gam-uh-lan, -luh n ]
/ ˈgæm əˌlæn, -lən /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. gamebag,
  2. gamebreaker,
  3. gamecast,
  4. gamecock,
  5. gamekeeper,
  6. gamelin,
  7. gamely,
  8. gameness,
  9. gameplay,
  10. gamer

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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British Dictionary definitions for gamelan

gamelan

/ (ˈɡæmɪˌlæn) /

noun

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

gamelan

n.

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

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