Banjo definitions

băn'jō
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.
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A stringed musical instrument having a long neck and a circular body covered on top with tightly stretched skin: the strings, usually four or five, are plucked with the fingers or a plectrum.
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(music) A stringed musical instrument with a round body and fretted neck, played by plucking or strumming the strings.

I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee ...

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(slang) An object shaped like a banjo, especially a frying pan or a shovel.
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To play the banjo.
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(slang, UK) To beat; to knock down.
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Origin of banjo

Akin to Jamaican English banja fiddle probably akin to Kimbundu Tshiluba mbanza a plucked stringed instrument