noun, plural com·bos.

  1. a small jazz or dance band.Compare big band.
  2. combination(defs 2–4).
Australian Slang. a white man living with Aborigines or having an Aborigine wife, usually in a common-law marriage.

Origin of combo

First recorded in 1920–25; comb(ination) + -o Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -bos

a small group of musicians, esp of jazz musicians
informal any combination
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Word Origin and History for combo

1929, U.S. slang, originally in entertainment (jazz groups, dance teams), short for combination.

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