Definition of cavaquinho in English:

cavaquinho

noun

  • A type of small, four-stringed guitar resembling a ukulele, popular in Brazil and Portugal.

    • ‘Back in the 1400s, Portuguese sailors took cavaquinhos with them on their voyages of discovery to Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean.’
    • ‘Nordestinos, cowboys from the hinterland in leather sombreros with turned-up brims, were singing mournful ballads and accompanying themselves on accordions, triangles and mandolin-like cavaquinhos.’
    • ‘Carlos elegantly distills the essence of Peruvian Quecua waltzes usually heard with Pan flutes and cavaquinhos but here played with an accordion.’
    • ‘During the 15th century the four-course cavaquinho reached Africa, the Americas, and even Hawaii, where it became the four-string Ukulele.’
    • ‘Her two brothers played guitars and cavaquinhos at home, and rather than play hopscotch or dolls with other girls of her age, her great pleasure was to accompany her brothers.’

Origin

Portuguese.

Pronunciation

cavaquinho

/ˌkavaˈkiːnjəʊ/