a stringed instrument of the guitar family that has long neck and circular body
A stringed musical instrument with a round body and fretted neck, played by plucking or strumming the strings.
I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee ...
An object shaped like a banjo, especially a frying pan or a shovel.
To play the banjo
To beat; to knock down
The banjo is a four-, five- or six-stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity as a resonator. The membrane is typically a piece of animal skin or plastic, and the frame is typically circular. Simpler forms of the instrument were fashioned by Africans in Colonial America, adapted from several African instruments of similar design. The banjo is frequently associated with country, folk, Irish traditional and bluegrass music. Historically, the banjo occupied a central place in African American traditional music, before becoming popular in the minstrel shows of the 19th century. In fact, slaves were both influenced by and influenced the early development of the music, which became country and bluegrass, particularly in regards to the innovation of musical techniques for both the banjo and fiddle. The banjo, with the fiddle, is a mainstay of American old-time music.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ban′jo, n. a musical instrument of the guitar kind, played with the fingers, but without frets to guide the stopping, having a long neck, a body of stretched parchment like a drum, and from five to nine catgut strings. [Corr. of Fr. bandore or pandore—L. pandura—Gr. pandoura.]
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The numerical value of banjo in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of banjo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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I wrote 20 or so banjo tunes, but Carter was a better writer than me.
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- بانجو, البانجوArabic
- bendžo, banjoCzech
- bangio, banjoItalian
- banjoKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- bendžo, бенџоSerbo-Croatian
- banjo, zeze la kizunguSwahili
- đàn banjôVietnamese
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