mariachi

mariachi

[mahr-ee-ah-chee; Spanish mah-ryah-chee]
adjective
1.
pertaining to traditional Mexican dance music, usually played by a small band of strolling musicians dressed in native costumes.
noun, plural mariachis [mahr-ee-ah-cheez; Spanish mah-ryah-chees] .
2.
a member of such a band.
3.
the music played by such a band.

Origin:
1940–45; < Mexican Spanish mariache, mariachi, perhaps < French mariage marriage; the music is said to have been played at weddings in the state of Jalisco, where it originated

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mariachi (ˌmɑːrɪˈɑːtʃɪ)
 
n
a small ensemble of street musicians in Mexico
 
[C20: from Mexican Spanish]

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mariachi
"Mexican strolling musical band," 1941, from Mex.Sp., from Fr. mariage "marriage" (see marriage), so called because such music was provided at wedding celebrations.
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