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  1. a group of street musicians in Mexico
    • more generic word: ensemble = a group of musicians playing or singing together

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  1. Of or pertaining to a traditional form of Mexican music, either sung or purely instrumental.
  2. Of or pertaining to a band playing such music, or to the singers of such songs.


  1. A group that plays mariachi music.


Mariachi is a genre of music that originated in the State of Jalisco, in Mexico. It is an integration of stringed instruments highly influenced by the cultural impacts of the historical development of Western Mexico. Throughout the history of mariachi, musicians have experimented with brass, wind, and percussion instruments. In addition, sociohistorical factors have influenced the repertoire in terms of the performance of diverse regional song forms as well as the evolution of the performance attire. Mariachi is important to the study of Mexican music because, as an ensemble created during the colonial period, it found its essence during the postcolonial era, blossomed during the nationalist era, and has made a global impact in contemporary times. Throughout this development, particularly since the nationalist era, mariachi music has become emblematic of Mexican music by appropriating various Mexican regional song forms, experimenting in popular radio programs, appearing in the earliest Mexican films, and performing during presidential campaigns (Loza 1993, Turino 2003, Sheehy 2005, de la Mora 2006, Jáuregui 2007).


"Mariachi" is a 2009 short drama film written and directed by Elena Greenlee.


  1. MARIACHI, the Mixed Apparatus for Radar Investigation of Cosmic-rays of High Ionization, is an apparatus for the detection of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays via bi-static radar using VHF transmitters. MARIACHI is also the name of the research project at Brookhaven National Laboratory operating the apparatus. The apparatus is located on Long Island.
  2. Mariachi is a broadcast content.

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Google previewe-Study Guide for: Film Production Technique : Creating the Accomplished Image by Bruce Mamer, ISBN 9780495411161 (2012)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

El Mariachi: El Mariachi is a 1992 MexicanAmerican action film that is the debut of writer/director Robert Rodriguez. The Spanish language film was shot in ...

Google previewNorth America (2011)

by Rachel Lynette

Mariachi is a style of Mexican music that began in the late 1700s. A traditional Mariachi band consisted of musicians playing the guitar, the vihuela (a guitar with six sets of double strings), and the guitarron (a large bass guitar). Violins ...

Google previewChicano popular culture (2001)

by Charles M. Tatum

Mariachi is the form of Chicano music that is currently the most quintessential; that is, it is found almost everywhere in the United States and seems to appeal to Chicanos regardless of class and social status, whether assimilated or first or ;...

Google previewWorld on a String (2001)

by Ramona Holmes, Terese Volk

Jamaica Belize Caribbean Sea Guatemala Honduras El Salvador Mariachi is a style of string music in Mexico, characterized. U.S. A ...

Google previewCalifornia (2010)

by Michael Burgan, William McGeveran

Mariachi U.S.A. Festival Mariachi is a popular form of Mexican music. In June, Los Angeles hosts a festival to celebrate Mexican music and culture. * Gilroy Garlic Festival Every July, Gilroy honors its main crop, garlic, which is sometimes called ...

Google previewLatinas in the United States, set (2006)

A Historical Encyclopedia by Vicki L. Ruiz, Virginia Sánchez Korrol

The mariachi is an instrumental ensemble (it also sings) that originated in the western region of Mexico. The ensemble can consist of four to twelve musicians. The most common types of instruments used are vi- huela, guitar, guitarrón, violin , ...

Google previewThe Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Africa ; South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean ; The United States and Canada ; Europe ; Oceania (2008)

by Ellen Koskoff

Mariachi Since the 1930s, the mariachi (figure 4) has been the most prominent folk-derived musical ensemble in Mexico. Postrevolutionary nationalism, which elevated grassroots cultural expression, and the rising radio and film industries, ...

Google previewThe Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (2013)

by Garland Encyclopedia of World Music,

Mariachi Since the 1930s, the mariachi (figure 4) has been the most prominent folk-derived musical ensemble in Mexico. Postrevolutionary nationalism, which elevated grassroots cultural expression, and the rising radio and film industries, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Modern Mexico (2002)

by David W. Dent

Mariachi music is a regional style of ranchera that grew out of the mestizo mix of indigenous and Spanish influences. Since the 1930s, it has been the most nationally famous folk-derived Mexican musical style, popularized by the rising radio ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Vampire (2011)

The Living Dead in Myth, Legend, and Popular Culture by S. T. Joshi

Mexican cultural imagery, as, for example, the mariachi group reconceived as a mariachi/rock band turned vampire collective. Another vein Rodriguez mines, if somewhat cliche ́d, is the idea of Mexico as a space that Americans enter to ...

Google previewAnti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia (2011)

A Historical Encyclopedia by Kathleen R Arnold

Finally, high Mariachi band leads protestors in ...

Google previewChildren's Illustrated Encyclopedia (2010)

by DK Publishing

LATIN MUSIC The distinctive rhythms of Latin music have long been popular in the United States, from the heyday of Cuban dances such as the mambo and the salsa to Mexican mariachi bands. Modern artists, such as Ricky Martin and ...

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The value of this 8-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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