Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A street band in Mexico.
  • n. The music performed by such a band.
  • n. A musician belonging to such a band.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a traditional form of Mexican music, either sung or purely instrumental.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a band playing such music, or to the singers of such songs.
  • n. A group that plays mariachi music.
  • n. A member of such a group.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a group of street musicians in Mexico

Etymologies

American Spanish, perhaps from French mariage, marriage (so called because the music may have originated at weddings in Jalisco, a state of west-central Mexico); see marriage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Spanish mariachi, from French mariage ("marriage"). (Wiktionary)

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