Meaning of BAND in English


I. band 1 S2 W2 /bænd/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Sense 1-2: Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: French ; Origin: bande 'group of people' ]

[ Sense 3-6: Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: French ; Origin: bande 'flat strip, edge, side' ]

1 . [also + plural verb] British English a group of musicians, especially a group that plays popular music:

The band was playing old Beatles songs.

I grew up playing in rock bands.

Smith joined the band in 1989.

They formed a band when they were still at school.

The entertainment includes a disco and live band.

interviews with band members

⇨ ↑ big band , ↑ brass band , ↑ marching band , ↑ one-man band

2 . a group of people formed because of a common belief or purpose

band of

a small band of volunteers

bands of soldiers

3 . a range of numbers within a system:

Interest rates stayed within a relatively narrow band.

age/tax/income etc band

people within the $20,000–$30,000 income band

4 . a flat narrow piece of something with one end joined to the other to form a circle:

papers held together with a rubber band

a slim gold band on her finger

5 . a narrow area of light, colour, land etc that is different from the areas around it:

The birds have a distinctive blue band round their eyes.

band of

a thin band of cloud

6 . technical a range of radio signals SYN waveband

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■ verbs

▪ form a band

They formed their own band and released a single.

▪ join a band

He took up the saxophone and joined the school band.

▪ play/sing in a band (=be a musician or singer in a band)

Budd played in a rock band.

▪ lead a band (=either as lead singer or as a conductor)

He led his own band in Florida and played in clubs.

▪ a band performs/plays

The band is performing live on Saturday night.

▪ a band strikes up (=starts playing)

We were on the dance floor waiting for the band to strike up.


▪ a rock/jazz etc band

He's the saxophonist in a jazz band.

▪ a brass band (=a band of brass instruments such as trumpets and trombones)

A brass band was playing in the park.

▪ a live band (=playing live music, not recorded music)

There's a live band at the club on Saturday nights.

▪ the school band

She plays the trumpet in the school band.

▪ a marching band (=musicians who march as they play)

the Ohio state marching band

▪ a military band (=musicians who play music on military occasions)

a military band with their brass and their drums

■ band + NOUN

▪ a band member

He was one of the original band members.

▪ a band leader (=the conductor of a brass band, a military band, etc)


► Do not say 'make a band'. Say form a band .

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▪ stripe a line of colour, especially one of several lines of colour all close together:

the red and white stripes on the US flag


horizontal stripes

▪ streak a coloured line or thin mark, especially one that is not straight or has been made accidentally:

His hair was black with streaks of grey.


He saw the red streaks of sunrise in the sky.

▪ band a thick line of colour that is different from the areas around it:

The fish has a black band on its fin.

II. band 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive usually passive]

British English to put people or things into different groups, usually according to income, value, or price:

After valuation, properties will be banded in groups of £20,000 or more.

band together phrasal verb

if people band together, they unite in order to achieve something:

Local people have banded together to fight the company’s plans.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.