Definition of mariachi in US English:

mariachi

nounPlural mariachis

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

    • ‘Their most eclectic record to date, Sea Of No Cares is the result of the quartet experimenting with flamenco guitars and mariachi trumpets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are playing some evocative mariachi but I can't quite hear it clearly enough.’
    • ‘But even love's lament is upbeat in mariachi, a musical genre bursting with the passion of Mexico.’
    • ‘The show closed with a rousing mariachi finale.’
    • ‘I always enjoyed a diverse mix growing up, from mariachi to roadhouse music.’
    • ‘The band starts playin’ some mariachi and a hot mama steps onto the dance floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was four Hispanic guys dressed in full mariachi garb, head to toe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While in Mexico he heard a mariachi tune called ‘Frenesi.’’
    • ‘Chuck arrives to a fanfare of mariachi violins.’
    • ‘On the first weekend in December, La Fiesta de Tumacacori celebrates regional culture with native crafts, foods, and a mariachi mass.’
    • ‘Salsa without drums and horns, tejano without accordion and guitars, mariachi without trumpets would become something else.’
    • ‘At 2: 30 a.m., a Mexican breakfast was served, accompanied by the tunes of a 15-member mariachi ensemble.’
    • ‘According to the guide book, there were also mariachi groups that had many permanent fans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although usually connected with mariachi, rancheras are performed by all regional Mexican music ensembles.’
    • ‘Mexican jumping beans Los De Abajo followed with a frenetic performance of rock, salsa, mariachi and ska all rolled in to one.’
    1. 1.1 A musician in a mariachi group.
      • ‘During the period of study, the mariachis performed at the Arizona State Senate, the International Mariachi Festival, and numerous local concerts.’
      • ‘Members of the University of Texas Show Band will perform, as will mariachis from Brownsville.’
      • ‘The mariachis were swinging, the margaritas were chilling, the River Walk was overflowing.’
      • ‘They are chairing the Institute of Hispanic Culture's presentation Saturday of world-renowned mariachi Vargas de Taclitlán.’
      • ‘It is a custom to have a band or group of mariachis playing at this final ceremony.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This man is Riders of Rebus who like a modern day mariachi emanates unpretentious, rocking pop tunes with spiky guitars and quirky melodies.’
      • ‘And then you get to feast on the best Mexican food the desert has to offer at our Fiesta Dinner, complete with mariachis!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We use triggers, calls from the drums or the trumpets, like with mariachis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The folk hero was dressed like a Mexican mariachi, in a long black coat - with a big white 10-gallon hat added.’
      • ‘A mariachi was singing about the travails of life and working his guitar hard.’
      • ‘There are chorizo-and-egg burritos in the morning, and mariachis on weekend nights, if that's your sort of thing.’
      • ‘The first film tells the story of a mariachi in the wrong place mistaken for someone else.’

Origin

From Mexican Spanish mariache, mariachi ‘street singer’.

Pronunciation

mariachi

/ˌmärēˈäCHē/