Definition of mariachi in English:

mariachi

noun

  • 1as modifier Denoting a type of traditional Mexican folk music, performed by a small group of strolling musicians.

    • ‘They are playing some evocative mariachi but I can't quite hear it clearly enough.’
    • ‘All the mariachi player wanted to do was to be like his father, his grandfather, and his great grandfather before him, but fate did not unfold as he had hoped.’
    • ‘According to the guide book, there were also mariachi groups that had many permanent fans.’
    • ‘It was four Hispanic guys dressed in full mariachi garb, head to toe.’
    • ‘The band starts playin’ some mariachi and a hot mama steps onto the dance floor.’
    • ‘While in Mexico he heard a mariachi tune called ‘Frenesi.’’
    • ‘The show closed with a rousing mariachi finale.’
    • ‘Formed while they were still at school, this band of frenetic performers combine the wild sounds of ska, mariachi, polka, cumbia and hip-hop into one swirling dervish of sound and vision.’
    • ‘Although usually connected with mariachi, rancheras are performed by all regional Mexican music ensembles.’
    • ‘I always enjoyed a diverse mix growing up, from mariachi to roadhouse music.’
    • ‘At 2: 30 a.m., a Mexican breakfast was served, accompanied by the tunes of a 15-member mariachi ensemble.’
    • ‘Chuck arrives to a fanfare of mariachi violins.’
    • ‘The music is country, blues, folk mariachi, rockabilly and everything else you can think of.’
    • ‘It's easy to perceive the Super Furries as too ambitious for their own good, as they cavort guilelessly from West Coast rock to nosebleed techno, from mariachi to calypso.’
    • ‘On the first weekend in December, La Fiesta de Tumacacori celebrates regional culture with native crafts, foods, and a mariachi mass.’
    • ‘Mexican jumping beans Los De Abajo followed with a frenetic performance of rock, salsa, mariachi and ska all rolled in to one.’
    • ‘Their most eclectic record to date, Sea Of No Cares is the result of the quartet experimenting with flamenco guitars and mariachi trumpets.’
    • ‘But even love's lament is upbeat in mariachi, a musical genre bursting with the passion of Mexico.’
    • ‘Their music is a weirdly wonderful post-rock fusion of TexMex rock and country blues, bebop jazz and exotic Mexican mariachi, loneliness and longing, Lee Hazlewood and Ennio Morricone.’
    • ‘Salsa without drums and horns, tejano without accordion and guitars, mariachi without trumpets would become something else.’
    1. 1.1 A musician in a group performing mariachi music.
      ‘a town where roving mariachis still appear on Saturday nights’
      as modifier ‘a mariachi band’
      • ‘I thought casting Enrique Iglesias as a mariachi was pretty clever too, though I would totally get that mole removed if I were him.’
      • ‘On 24th Street, youngsters dressed in red lounge on the steps of McDonald's, unmindful of wandering mariachis, Christians proselytizing in Spanish and old women selling roses and tamales.’
      • ‘Our neighbours appeared to be keeping several groups of mariachis in business, and by the time we had downed our third margarita, we were also addicted to the joyous local song, Camino de Guanajuato.’
      • ‘During the period of study, the mariachis performed at the Arizona State Senate, the International Mariachi Festival, and numerous local concerts.’
      • ‘The first film tells the story of a mariachi in the wrong place mistaken for someone else.’
      • ‘They are chairing the Institute of Hispanic Culture's presentation Saturday of world-renowned mariachi Vargas de Taclitlán.’
      • ‘The mariachis packed away their instruments, the stage was torn apart, and the sound system that was to have brought the PRI's ‘Fiesta of Triumph’ to the nation was dismantled.’
      • ‘There are chorizo-and-egg burritos in the morning, and mariachis on weekend nights, if that's your sort of thing.’
      • ‘Members of the University of Texas Show Band will perform, as will mariachis from Brownsville.’
      • ‘A mariachi was singing about the travails of life and working his guitar hard.’
      • ‘And then you get to feast on the best Mexican food the desert has to offer at our Fiesta Dinner, complete with mariachis!’
      • ‘It is a custom to have a band or group of mariachis playing at this final ceremony.’
      • ‘The mariachis were swinging, the margaritas were chilling, the River Walk was overflowing.’
      • ‘This man is Riders of Rebus who like a modern day mariachi emanates unpretentious, rocking pop tunes with spiky guitars and quirky melodies.’
      • ‘We use triggers, calls from the drums or the trumpets, like with mariachis.’
      • ‘The lively tunes of mariachis greeted well-heeled members of the Rienzi Society to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston house museum recently for that group's sixth annual dinner.’
      • ‘There are other stories - the mariachis who play beautiful sad songs for you as you sit and drink beer in the plaza.’
      • ‘The folk hero was dressed like a Mexican mariachi, in a long black coat - with a big white 10-gallon hat added.’

Origin

From Mexican Spanish mariache, mariachi ‘street singer’.

Pronunciation

mariachi

/ˌmarɪˈɑːtʃi/