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Saturday, June 18, 2016

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 (distinguished from camporee).

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Citations for jamboree
At an outdoor jamboree in Kansas, they listened to the fiddlers and banjo players and watched the people of all ages dancing the Virginia reel and waltzing to "The Blue Danube." Linda Bruckheimer, Dreaming Southern, 1999
The jamboree--a weekend he organizes on his property to bring the town together and raise a little money for the Fire Department--features a hayride, face painting, and a cakewalk that occupies the entire side yard, but his corn maze tends to be the highlight. Amelia Gray, "Labyrinth," The New Yorker, February 16, 2015
Origin of jamboree
1860-1865
Jamboree is an Americanism and is apparently a blend of the words jabber and shivaree. It came into widespread use in the mid-1800s.