Definition of bandora in English:


(also bandore)


  • A kind of bass lute with a scallop-shaped body and metal strings, typical of English consorts of the late 16th and 17th centuries.

    • ‘There are many musical instruments that are played every time the epic is recited, such as the flute, and the kumuzi - a kind of bandore made of corean pine.’
    • ‘One might consider the pictures of the lute and bandora from his manuscript to be likewise somewhat spindly and ‘suspect’ in appearance.’
    • ‘Other variations on the cittern are the bandore, a bass instrument.’
    • ‘In its early period the banjo was known by many names including the aforementioned bandore, as well as banjar, bangie, bangoe, banjil, banshaw and banza.’
    • ‘This is only natural, since many of the kids own a bandore or violin that they've built with their own hands.’
    • ‘One of the commonest consorts in the Elizabethan period was the combination of treble viol or violin, flute or recorder, bass viol, lute, cittern, and bandora, for which Morley wrote his Consort Lessons in 1599.’
    • ‘The 125-member Clef Club orchestra that he conducted at Carnegie Hall that night featured some rather extraordinary instrumentation including 47 mandolins and bandores, and 27 harp-guitars.’
    • ‘The guittern was tuned an octave above the top four courses of a bandora, so bandora players could use it directly.’
    • ‘Today, groups of students travel around the world in the bohemian fashion of their ancestors singing serenades accompanied by mandolins, bandores, tambourines, and guitars.’
    • ‘It will feature a true English consort of flute, violin, viols, cittern, lute, bandore and voices performing music by William Byrd, Thomas Morley, John Dowland and others.’
    • ‘The Baltimore Consort uses a variety of instruments - lute, viol, flute, cittern, early guitar, rebec, recorder, crumhorn and bandore - and vocals of medieval and Renaissance music.’
    • ‘Some of the tunes are lute duets and trios, but most of the music is for a mixed consorta collection of lutes, viols, recorders, and flutes, and wire-strung citterns and bandoras.’
    • ‘He is also a luthier, having constructed countless lutes, bandoras and citterns for many of Europe's string-pluckers.’
    • ‘Different combinations were tried, but none of them quite matched the richness and complexity of the English Consort with a bandora on the bass.’
    • ‘Their ancestral knowledge of wood, techniques and music combine to produce guitars, violins or harps, double basses, and bandores.’


Mid 16th century: origin uncertain; compare with Dutch bandoor, Spanish bandurria, also with banjo; probably based on Greek pandoura ‘three-stringed lute’.