A music band




  • To fasten with a band.
  • To fasten an identifying band around the leg of (a bird).
  • To group together for a common purpose; to confederate.
  • To group (students) together by perceived ability; to stream.
  • Past of bind


Narrower meaning words


  • From Middle English band (also bond), from Old English beand, bænd, bend, from Proto-Germanic *bandą, *bandiz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- ("to tie, bind"). Middle English band reinforced by Old French bande. Cognate with Dutch band, German Band, Danish bånd, Swedish band, Icelandic bandur ("band"). Related to bond, bind, bend.
  • From Middle English band, from Old French bande, from Old Occitan banda ("regiment of troops"), perhaps from Frankish *bend, from Proto-Germanic *bandiz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- ("to tie; bond, band"). Compare German Bande ("band").

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