Definition: A plucked stringed instrument whose distinctive tones stem from the strings being supported by a bridge that rests on a tightly stretched skin membrane. Banjos were brought to America from Africa by early slaves. The banjo is the most recognizable instrument associated with country music. There are several types, including the four-string tenors, the plectrums (played with a plectrum, and similar to the five-string, but no fifth string), and six-string guitar-banjos. The most common today is the five-string model.
Earl Scruggs is a whiz on the banjo.