Definition of taiko in English:



  • A Japanese barrel-shaped drum.

    • ‘They claim to be reinvigorating Japan's ancient ritual love affair with the taiko - the folkloric drum - for a new age, and, with their trendy black attire and funky hairdos, they certainly look the part.’
    • ‘Trained in the intensive art of taiko, they can drum loud enough to be heard back in Japan.’
    • ‘The first thing I started playing was the taiko.’
    • ‘Our souls are represented by the music from our taiko,’ explains Masa Ogawa.’
    • ‘The rain clouds had been threatening for a couple of days already, riding the slowest-moving typhoon I've ever awaited, but nothing can stand in the way of our pursuit of the finest taiko.’
    • ‘TaikOz has established itself as one of Australia's most energetic and exciting drumming groups, combining the power of the traditional Japanese taiko with the etheral tones of the bamboo shakuhachi.’
    • ‘TaikOz performs music by Japanese and Australian composers using Japanese taiko and shakuhachi (bamboo flute).’
    • ‘The group is led by Michael Naishtut from New York who founded Akaoni Daiko and has been playing taiko for eight years.’


Late 19th century: Japanese.