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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 stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity to form a resonator. The membrane is typically circular, and usually made of plastic, or occasionally animal skin. Early forms of the instrument were fashioned by African Americans in the United States. The banjo is frequently associated with folk, bluegrass and country music, and has also been used in some rock, pop and hip-hop. Several rock bands, such as the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and the Grateful Dead, have used the five-string banjo in some of their songs. Historically, the banjo occupied a central place in Black American traditional music and the folk culture of rural whites before entering the mainstream via the minstrel shows of the 19th century. Along with the fiddle, the banjo is a mainstay of American styles of music, such as bluegrass and old-time music. It is also very frequently used in Dixieland jazz, as well as in Caribbean genres like biguine, calypso and mento.
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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Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The brass frame in which the screw-propeller of a steamer works, and is hung for hoisting the screw on deck. This frame fits between slides fixed on the inner and outer stern-posts; resting in large carriages firmly secured thereto. The banjo is essential to lifting the screw.--Also, the rude instrument used in negro concerts.
Etymology and Origins
Properly Bandore, from the Greek Pandoura, a stringed instrument named after Pan. The word was introduced into North America from Europe.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Banjo is ranked #98553 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Banjo surname appeared 184 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Banjo.
80.9% or 149 total occurrences were Black.
9.2% or 17 total occurrences were White.
4.8% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
3.8% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.
The numerical value of banjo in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of banjo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of banjo in a Sentence
I wrote 20 or so banjo tunes, but Carter was a better writer than me.
When I first heard the minstrel banjo - I played a gourd first - I almost lost my mind. I was like, Oh, my god. And then I went to Africa, to the Gambia, and studied the akonting, which is an ancestor of the banjo, and just that connection to me was just immense.
He wants to pay me for saving his life, i was like Richard you don't have to give me anything. You made me a banjo. That's priceless.
Well, you know, the original banjos were all handmade instruments. Gourd - it would be made with gourds and whatever, you know, materials would have been around. And, you know, first hundred years of its existence, the banjo's known as a plantation instrument, as a black instrument.
Getting into the banjo and discovering that it was an African-American instrument, it totally turned on its head my idea of American music - and then, through that, American history.
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- البانجو, بانجوArabic
- bendžo, banjoCzech
- banjo, bangioItalian
- banjoKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- бенџо, bendžoSerbo-Croatian
- zeze la kizungu, banjoSwahili
- đàn banjôVietnamese
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