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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Definitions for jamboree

  1. A carousal; any noisy merrymaking.
  2. A large gathering, as of a political party or the teams of a sporting league, often including a program of speeches and entertainment.
  3. A large gathering of members of the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, usually nationwide or international in scope

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Citations for jamboree
Several thoughtful riflemen had foregone the shooting jamboree to place themselves as cover guards for the MG. James Jones , The thin red line
Well, the great jamboree was over at last, not only the jamboree of the two Armistice Days (and really, we could have celebrated a dozen), but of the past several years. Charles Jackson , The sunnier side: Arcadian tales
Origin of jamboree
1860-1865
Jamboree is an American invention, an apparent blend of jabber and shivaree.