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mariachi

[mahr-ee-ah-chee; Spanish mah-ryah-chee] /ˌmɑr iˈɑ tʃi; Spanish mɑˈryɑ tʃi/
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] /ˌmɑr iˈɑ tʃiz; Spanish mɑˈryɑ tʃis/ (Show IPA)
2.
a member of such a band.
3.
the music played by such a band.
Origin
1940-1945
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/
noun
1.
a small ensemble of street musicians in Mexico
Word Origin
C20: from Mexican Spanish
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Word Origin and History for mariachi
n.

"Mexican strolling musical band," 1941, from Mexican Spanish, from French mariage "marriage" (see marriage), so called because such bands performed at wedding celebrations. As an adjective by 1967.

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