Definition of gig noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡɪɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡɪɡ//
    Live music
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  1. 1a performance by musicians playing popular music or jazz in front of an audience; a similar performance by a comedian to do a gig a White Stripes gig CollocationsMusicListening listen to/​enjoy/​love/​be into music/​classical music/​jazz/​pop/​hip-hop, etc. listen to the radio/​an MP3 player/​a CD put on/​play a CD/​a song/​some music turn down/​up the music/​radio/​volume/​bass go to a concert/​festival/​gig/​performance/​recital copy/​burn/​rip music/​a CD/​a DVD download music/​an album/​a song/​a demo/​a videoPlaying play a musical instrument/​the piano/​percussion/​a note/​a riff/​the melody/​a concerto/​a duet/​by ear sing an anthem/​a ballad/​a solo/​an aria/​the blues/​in a choir/​soprano/​alto/​tenor/​bass/​out of tune hum a tune/​a theme tune/​a lullaby accompany a singer/​choir strum a chord/​guitarPerforming form/​start/​get together/​join/​quit/​leave a band give a performance/​concert/​recital do a concert/​recital/​gig play a concert/​gig/​festival/​venue perform (British English) at/​in a concert/(especially North American English) a concert appear at a festival/​live go on/​embark on a (world) tourRecording write/​compose music/​a ballad/​a melody/​a tune/​a song/​a theme song/​an opera/​a symphony land/​get/​sign a record deal be signed to/​be dropped by a record company record/​release/​put out an album/​a single/​a CD be top of/​top the charts get to/​go straight to/​go straight in at/​enter the charts at number one See related entries: Live music
  2. 2(North American English, informal) a job, especially a temporary one a gig as a basketball coach
  3. 3(informal) = gigabyte
  4. 4 a small light carriage with two wheels, pulled by one horse
  5. Word Originsense 4 late 18th cent.: apparently a transferred sense of obsolete gig ‘a flighty girl’, which was also applied to various objects or devices that whirled.senses 1 to 2 1920s: of unknown origin.Extra examples He played with the band at a recent gig. She landed her first gig on Sesame Street. They’re doing a gig in Boston tonight. They’re performing at a local pub gig. The guide lists live music events in the area, including pub gigs.
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