A gig is a band's musical performance or an appointment for such a performance. Your band's first gig might be playing at a high school prom.

Performers of various kinds book gigs: they arrange to do a show at a specific place and time. If you're a standup comedian, you might dream of a gig at a big concert hall, but have to be satisfied with gigs in church basements and coffee shops. Sometimes people who do freelance work also refer to jobs as gigs. The word comes from early 20th century jazz slang.

Definitions of gig
  1. noun
    a job, especially a temporary job
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    business, job, line, line of work, occupation
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  2. noun
    a booking for performers, especially musicians
    “they played a gig in New Jersey”
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    type of:
    booking, engagement
    employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time
  3. noun
    long and light rowing boat; especially for racing
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    type of:
    small boat
    a boat that is small
  4. noun
    tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain
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    cutter, pinnace, ship's boat, tender
    a boat for communication between ship and shore
  5. noun
    small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and no hood
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    carriage, equipage, rig
    a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses
  6. noun
    an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
    synonyms: fishgig, fizgig, lance, spear
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    a spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwing; used for catching large fish or whales; a strong line is attached to it
    a spear with three or more prongs; used for spearing fish (especially salmon)
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    instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
  7. noun
    a cluster of hooks (without barbs) that is drawn through a school of fish to hook their bodies; used when fish are not biting
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    a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
Commonly confused words

gig / jig

Gig with a hard "g" is a job. Jig, on the other hand, is a dance. The kind a band might do when they land a gig headlining Madison Square Garden.

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