What does banjo mean?

Definitions for banjo
ˈbæn dʒoʊban·jo

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. banjonoun

    a stringed instrument of the guitar family that has long neck and circular body


  1. banjonoun

    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 ...

  2. banjonoun

    An object shaped like a banjo, especially a frying pan or a shovel.

  3. banjoverb

    To play the banjo

  4. banjoverb

    To beat; to knock down


  1. Banjo

    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.


  1. banjo

    A banjo is a musical instrument originating from Africa with a circular body, long neck and typically four to five strings. It is played by strumming or picking the strings with one hand while the other hand changes the pitch by pressing the strings against the fretboard. The body or the pot of the banjo often features a drum-like structure which is responsible for its distinct sound. It's commonly used in folk, country, bluegrass, and traditional music styles.


  1. banjo

    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

  1. Banjo

    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.]


  1. Banjo

    Banjo provides real time content discovery by location across multiple social networks. From a mobile device, Banjo brings the experience of being anywhere in the world through the eyes of the people who are there. Founded by Damien Patton in the summer of 2011, Banjo is available for free on Android & iOS in 14 languages and is used in nearly every country around the world.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. banjo

    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

  1. Banjo

    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

  1. BANJO

    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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of banjo in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of banjo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of banjo in a Sentence

  1. Rhiannon Giddens:

    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.

  2. Rhiannon Giddens:

    It's really funny how I've come round to classical music around the back door with my banjo in my hand, and I love it.

  3. Lee Banville:

    Montanans are much more likely to want to hang out and vote for the guy with the banjo than the guy who made millions of dollars in software.

  4. Jackson Browne:

    I told my father I wanted to play the banjo, and so he saved the money and got ready to give me a banjo for my next birthday, and between that time and my birthday, I lost interest in the banjo and was playing guitar.

  5. Rhiannon Giddens:

    One of the biggest triumphs of African-American music is the banjo, the banjo took over the world. That means we helped create America's music. Not blues. Not jazz. America's music, period.

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