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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
banjo
noun
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■ VERB
play
▪ Baryon performs solo and in duo with percussionist Mina Cinelu who also plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and synthesizer.
▪ There were too many people who badly needed dentistry and looked like they played the banjo.
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▪ A grandfatherly figure puffs on a sousaphone to the accompaniment of drums and banjo.
▪ And Samuel Turner Stevens, on fretless banjo, demonstrates the ties between white hillbilly music and rural blues.
▪ Baryon performs solo and in duo with percussionist Mina Cinelu who also plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and synthesizer.
▪ He picked some notes on his banjo.
▪ Majella took up the fiddle, I got an accordion and Mary got a banjo.
▪ Mulcahey put his banjo on his chair.
▪ Mulcahey strummed his banjo and tapped the castanet again.
▪ There are Eko 12-string necks and bodies, curious banjo necks, oddball Eko violin bass parts and lots, lots more.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
banjo

banjo \ban"jo\ n. [Formerly also banjore and banjer; corrupted from bandore, through negro slave pronunciation.] A stringed musical instrument having a head and neck like the guitar, and a circular body like a tambourine. It has five strings, and is played with the fingers and hands.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
banjo

1764, American English, usually described as of African origin, probably akin to Bantu mbanza, an instrument resembling a banjo. The word has been influenced by colloquial pronunciation of bandore (1560s in English), a 16c. stringed instrument like a lute and an ancestor (musically and linguistically) of mandolin; from Portuguese bandurra, from Latin pandura, from Greek pandoura "three-stringed instrument." The origin and influence might be the reverse of what is here described.

Wiktionary
banjo

n. 1 (context musical instruments English) A stringed musical instrument with a round body and fretted neck, played by plucking or strumming the strings. 2 (context slang English) An object shaped like a banjo, especially a frying pan or a shovel. 3 (cx UK Dagenham English) A cul-de-sac with a round end. vb. 1 To play the banjo 2 (context slang British English) To beat; to knock down

WordNet
banjo
  1. n. a stringed instrument of the guitar family that has long neck and circular body

  2. [also: banjoes (pl)]

Wikipedia
Banjo

The banjo is a four-, five- or (occasionally) six-stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity as a resonator, called the head. The membrane, or head, is typically made of plastic, although animal skin is still occasionally but rarely used, and the frame is typically circular. Early forms of the instrument were fashioned by Africans in America, adapted from 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. The banjo, with the fiddle, is a mainstay of American old-time music. It is also very frequently used in Traditional ("Trad") Jazz.

Banjo (disambiguation)

A banjo is a stringed instrument common in folk and popular music. It may also refer to:

Banjo (chocolate bar)

Banjo is a defunct British chocolate bar.

The original Banjo chocolate bar was sold in the Greater London area, UK, but the product was discontinued in 1954. At that time, it was a chocolate wafer bar, with a chocolate filling, covered in milk chocolate, rather similar to Kit Kat.

Banjo was reintroduced with a substantial television advertising campaign in 1976. In this reincarnation, Banjo was a twin bar (similar in shape and size to twix) and was the same as a Drifter but with a chopped peanut layer and the whole covered in milk chocolate. It was packaged in distinctive navy blue - with the brand name prominently displayed in yellow block text - and was one of the first British snack bars to have a heat-sealed wrapper closure instead of the reverse-side fold common to most domestically-produced chocolate bars at that time. It was available into the 1980s. There was a coconut version also available in a red wrapper with yellow text.

Banjo (wood lathe)

In the craft of woodturning, a banjo is a common term for a fixture on the wood lathe, mounted on the lathe's bed, for holding the toolrest. It allows for adjustment of the toolrest in various positions, by the lathe operator, making it possible to hold the turning tool in the most convenient position for removing material from the spinning wood. The chosen position of the fixture can be locked in place on the lathe's bed in various ways, the most common method being a lever at the forward end of the fixture which acts upon an eccentric shaft with an attached clamp to secure the fixture to the lathe's bed.

Banjo (1947 film)

Banjo is a 1947 drama film directed by Richard Fleischer.

Banjo (song)

"Banjo" is a song written by Neil Thrasher, Wendell Mobley, and Tony Martin and recorded by American country music group Rascal Flatts. It was released in January 2012 as the first single from their eighth studio album, Changed. Rascal Flatts also performed the song live with Steve Martin at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2012.

Banjo (mobile application)

Banjo is a highly visual app and website that allows users to experience breaking news and live events in real time through the eyes of the people who are there. Founded in 2011 by Damien Patton, Banjo is known as "The Live Internet", because it offers users an all access pass to breaking news and live events. The platform pulls public, geotagged content from Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Path, Google Plus, VKontakte and EyeEm, then indexes the world’s largest collection of social posts by location, time and content.

Banjo (2016 film)

Banjo is an upcoming 2016 Indian Hindi-language drama film, directed by Ravi Jadhav and produced by Krishika Lulla under the Eros International banner. Principal photography began at the end of January 2016 and the film is scheduled for release on 23 September 2016.

Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri star in the film.

Usage examples of "banjo".

Pangle stood beside him, and theirs was the proud and nervous pose men struck when having ambrotypes made at the start of the war, though instead of rifle musket and Colt pistol and bowie knife, Stobrod and Pangle held fiddle and banjo before them as defining implements.

The banjoist, raising his banjo to shield his face, received the first purple patch upon the ass skin.

Louis Woman after hours - Do you love me with a banjo permutated Dead Man Blues?

The moved on through the clutter of theremins, encore banjoes, and hurdy-gurdies.

In a commodious alcove, in a glow of pink light from above, was a life-sized group of musicians--statues in colored metal of a Spanish girl playing a mandora, an Italian with a slender calascione, a Russian playing his jorbon, and an African playing a banjo.

In the knock of axes, the plunking of a banjo being tuned, the smell of corn mush and fatback frying, it was not hard to pretend they were all young fellows and good friends assembling for a camp meeting or coon hunt.

A small gray-furred boy, a Houdan, was strumming a banjo at one of the piers.

Had The Shadow been present on the final night of Mardi Gras, he would have gained final proof that this was Banjo Lobot.

Car thief, great banjo player, and the first serious pillhead I ever met.

A poster for Banjo Dan and the Midnite Plowboys was framed on one wall and definitely caught my attention.

The idiot rode strumming his banjo, playing over and over the last two tunes he had heard, regaling the countryside alternately with the national anthems of Dixie and France.

He wanders onwards and upwards in zig-zag fashion until he finds himself, at last, above the Festival tree-line and out of tambourine-rattling reach of the hordes of street harpists, flautists, violinists, cellists, banjo players, bongo drummers, mime artistes, puppeteers, body-paint workshops, Irish line dancers, hip-hop dancers and the familiar chorus of unicyclists, stilt-walkers, clowns and jugglers, all of them desperately performing to the hilt as if on the orders of some mad film director concocting an ambitious epic in which they will play the street people.

The other instrumentation was mostly fiddles, flutes, and whistles, but there were also a pair of mandolins, a guitar, bodhrans, and the inevitable tenor banjo playing too loud above it all.

She captured Clifford by suffering him to play his banjo to her piano.

I heard the lepers wailing for food--only the wailing was peculiarly harmonious and rhythmic, and it was accompanied by the music of stringed instruments, violins, guitars, ukuleles, and banjos.