Definitions for gamelanˈgæm əˌlæn, -lən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gam•e•lanˈgæm əˌlæn, -lən(n.)

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

    Category: Music and Dance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gamelan(noun)

    a traditional Indonesian ensemble typically including many tuned percussion instruments including bamboo xylophones and wooden or bronze chimes and gongs


  1. gamelan(Noun)

    A genre of music of Indonesian origin typically featuring metallophones, xylophones, drums, gongs and a bamboo flute (called a siuling).

  2. gamelan(Noun)

    The name of the ensemble performing this style of music.

  3. Origin: From gamel.


  1. Gamelan

    A gamelan is a traditional musical ensemble from Indonesia, typically from the islands of Java and Bali, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, kendang and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings. Vocalists may also be included. For most Indonesians, gamelan music is an integral part of Indonesian culture. The term refers more to the set of instruments than to the players of those instruments. A gamelan is a set of instruments as a distinct entity, built and tuned to stay together – instruments from different gamelan are generally not interchangeable.


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