Definition of banjo in English:
noun (plural banjos or banjoes)
1A stringed instrument of the guitar family, with a round open-backed soundbox of parchment stretched over a metal hoop.
- Baxter is probably best known as the ace pedal steel, banjo, dobro, guitar, all-'round musical utility guy for Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and Ryan Adams.
- Strings, guitars, banjo, tambourine, French horn, harp, clarinet, accordion, drums and chanting contribute to Arcade Fire's intensely deep but totally palatable fusion of sounds.
- Musically, the album isn't afraid of drawing on different instruments, from mouth organs to banjos, to acoustic guitars and piano.
1.1An object resembling a banjo in shape: [as modifier]: a banjo clock
More example sentences
- The variant of the Willard patent banjo clock shown in Plates IX and IXa is inscribed ‘DANIEL / MUNROE’ on the lower glass.
- Dating from between about 1795 and 1800, it has a dial signed by David Wood of Newbusyport, Massachusetts, who also made tall-case and banjo clocks.
- Positively sealed by O-rings, the banjo design allows 360 degrees rotation of the regular for ideal positioning.
1.2Australian /NZ dated A shovel.
- 1swing the banjo
- Australian /NZ informal Use a shovel, especially in a vigorous way: I hope to be swinging the banjo around some of those stony ridgesMore example sentences
- We spend a lot of time swinging the banjo, and only yesterday had to put in a new winze, following damage to our trenches from Beachy Bill.
- It made no difference, and next morning he returned to swinging the banjo.
- After swinging the banjo for eight hours, I sit down to write a few lines on what I think to be right.
- Example sentences
- The son of noted artist George Grosz, Marty is a 74-year-old vocalist, guitarist and banjoist, and these are two feel-good CDs from 1995 and 2000-01, respectively.
- Even former band member, banjoist Alison Brown, doesn't get a look in on the track she co-wrote with Krauss, ‘This Sad Song’.
- An accomplished fiddler / banjoist / guitarist, he also played a number of instrumentals for the appreciative crowd.
Mid 18th century: originally a black American alteration of bandore (see bandora).
Words that rhyme with banjoGorgio
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