from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A usually fretted stringed instrument having a narrow neck and a hollow circular body with a covering of plastic or stretched skin on which the bridge rests. The modern American banjo typically has four strings and often a short fifth string plucked with the thumb.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stringed musical instrument with a round body and fretted neck, played by plucking or strumming the strings.
- n. An object shaped like a banjo, especially a frying pan or a shovel.
- v. To play the banjo
- v. To beat; to knock down
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument of the guitar class, having a neck with or without frets. and a circular body covered in front with tightly stretched parchment, like a tambourine.
- n. A banjo-frame (which see).
- n. A form of automatic railway signaling-apparatus in which a flat circular disk, with an arm projecting from one side, is alternately exhibited in front of a glass opening in the signal-box and withdrawn from sight by the make and break of an electric circuit. The shape of the disk and its arm has suggested the name.
- n. In mining, an iron frame for carrying a false clack.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stringed instrument of the guitar family that has long neck and circular body
Akin to Jamaican English banja, fiddle; probably akin to Kimbundu and Tshiluba mbanza, a plucked stringed instrument.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)