from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Renaissance musical instrument resembling a guitar. Also called pandore.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stringed instrument similar in form to a guitar; a pandore.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A musical stringed instrument, similar in form to a guitar; a pandore. It is now obsolete, but see bandura.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old variety of the zither. Also called bandalore.
- n. A widow's veil for covering the head and face.
The word is either a corruption of "bandore" or "pandura" (_q. v._), an instrument of the guitar type, or is derived from "bania," the name of a similar primitive Senegambian instrument.
Banjo seems to be derived from bandore or bandurria, modern French and Spanish forms of tambour, respectively.
The banjo was the real musical instrument of the Southern negroes, not the fancy silver or nickel rimmed article with frets seen now on the minstrel stage or in the shops, but a very crude device, which I believe to be of native origin, notwithstanding the name is said to be corrupted from the Spanish bandore.
Then would I seek this street at midnight, and standing here beneath her window, I would lightly touch the strings of my bandore until the casement opened cautiously and she looked down.
He also gave to "James Sands, my apprentice, the some of forty shillings and a citterne, a bandore, and a lute, to be paid and delivered unto him at the expiration of his terme of yeres in his indentur of apprenticehood."
This might sound gross, but I made something he invented called the "bandore burger," which was like an Indian hamburger.
Another one is Pandora Chicken, which uses yoghurt and bandore macula.
The banjo is a modification of the bandore, as the name is a negro corruption of that word.] for the base) did give me a levett;
My mind, though out of trouble, yet intent upon my journey home, being desirous to know how all my matters go there, I could hardly sleep, but waked very early; and, when it was time, did call up Will, and we rose, and musique (with a bandore
In his book "Africa and the Blues," Gerhard Kubik spotlights a 200-year-old testimonial from a white observer in the South, who's quoted as saying, "I well remember that in Virginia and Maryland the favorite and almost only instrument in use among the slaves was a bandore; or, as they pronounced the word, banjer.