[mahr-ee-ah-chee; Spanish mah-ryah-chee]
- pertaining to traditional Mexican dance music, usually played by a small band of strolling musicians dressed in native costumes.
- a member of such a band.
- the music played by such a band.
Origin of mariachi
1940–45; < Mexican Spanish mariache, mariachi, perhaps < French mariage marriage; the music is said to have been played at weddings in the state of Jalisco, where it originated
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Examples from the Web for mariachi
Inside, guests reported, a mariachi band played, and Kissinger was regaled with a slew of speeches.Staking Out Kissinger’s 90th-Birthday Party
June 4, 2013
- a small ensemble of street musicians in Mexico
C20: from Mexican Spanish
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Word Origin and History for mariachi
"Mexican strolling musical band," 1941, from Mexican Spanish, from French mariage "marriage" (see marriage), so called because such bands performed at wedding celebrations. As an adjective by 1967.
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