corroboree

or cor·rob·bo·ree

[kuh-rob-uh-ree]
noun Australian.
  1. an assembly of Aborigines typified by singing and dancing, sometimes associated with traditional sacred rites.
  2. a social gathering, especially of a boisterous nature.

Origin of corroboree

First recorded in 1793, corroboree is from the Dharuk word ga-ra-ba-ra dance
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Examples from the Web for corroboree

Historical Examples of corroboree

  • I suppose we can come and see your corroboree, if we like, Dugingi?

  • The crowd fled in the direction of the scene of their corroboree, but they did not stop there.

    The Land of the Kangaroo

    Thomas Wallace Knox

  • The Corroboree began after dark, and the men shouted, danced, and carried on a mimic war to the glare of blazing bonfires.

    Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life

    Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey

  • The two factors upon which the later drama depends may be detected even in the corroboree of the Australians.

  • And we plan a corroboree at the colony after the Warlock is down, when there will be some excellently practiced singing.

    Sand Doom

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins


British Dictionary definitions for corroboree

corroboree

noun Australian
  1. a native assembly of sacred, festive, or warlike character
  2. informal any noisy gathering

Word Origin for corroboree

C19: from a native Australian language
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