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.
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.
To play the banjo.
(slang, UK) To beat; to knock down.
Origin of banjo
Akin to Jamaican English banja fiddle probably akin to Kimbundu Tshiluba mbanza a plucked stringed instrument