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Definition of "bodhran" [bodhran]

  • A hand-held goatskin drum used in traditional Irish music and often played with a stick. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bodhran" in a sentence
  • "The scholar Eric Lott has noted, “The very instrumentation of minstrel bands followed this pattern: the banjo and jawbone were black, while the fiddle, bones, and tambourine derived perhaps from an instrument called the bodhran were Irish.”"
  • "And with a bodhran, which is a hard word to spell, so it is!"
  • "A modern day rockabilly queen, May breathes new life into an old genre, and her use of a bodhran is a quirky touch that fits her highly percussive sound to a T. 's 24-year-old bright young thing Victoria Hesketh AKA Little Boots is being tipped by the"