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Topic: MUSIC

Sense: 1-2
Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: bande 'group of people'
Sense: 3-6
Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: bande 'flat strip, edge, side'

band

1 noun
     
band1 S2 W2 [countable]
1APM [also + plural verb] British English a group of musicians, especially a group that plays popular musicCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
play in a band (=be a musician in a band) the band plays something (=the musicians play music) join a band form a band rock/pop/jazz etc band live band (=a band playing live music, not recorded music) band member band leader
big band, brass band, marching band, one-man band
I grew up playing in rock bands.
The band was playing old Beatles songs.
Smith joined the band in 1989.
They formed a band when they were still at school.
The entertainment includes a disco and live band.
interviews with band members
2 a group of people formed because of a common belief or purpose
band of
a small band of volunteers
bands of soldiers
3 a range of numbers within a system:
Interest rates stayed within a relatively narrow band.
people within the $20,000-$30,000 income band
4 a flat, narrow piece of something with one end joined to the other to form a circle:
papers held together with a rubber band
a slim gold band on her finger
5 a narrow area of light, colour, land etc that is different from the areas around it:
The birds have a distinctive blue band round their eyes.
band of
a thin band of cloud
6TCB technical a range of radio signals [= waveband]
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