Definition of cavaquinho in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkävəˈkēnyō/

noun (plural cavaquinhos)

A small, four-stringed guitar resembling a ukulele, popular in Brazil and Portugal.
Example sentences
  • Carlos elegantly distills the essence of Peruvian Quecua waltzes usually heard with Pan flutes and cavaquinhos but here played with an accordion.
  • Her two brothers played guitars and cavaquinhos at home, and rather than play hopscotch or dolls with other girls of her age, her great pleasure was to accompany her brothers.
  • Back in the 1400s, Portuguese sailors took cavaquinhos with them on their voyages of discovery to Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean.



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