or cor·rob·bo·ree

[ kuh-rob-uh-ree ]

  1. an assembly of Aboriginal people 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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How to use corroboree in a sentence

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

  • This evening Fisherman and Jackey showed Wittin corroboree dance.

  • I asked, and was told that "'Jimmy' mak'm good fellow corroboree."

    Tropic Days | E. J. Banfield
  • The word corroboree is applied equally to the dance, the whole festival, or the actual chant which accompanies the dancing.

    Spinifex and Sand | David W Carnegie
  • 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


/ (kəˈrɒbərɪ) /

  1. a native assembly of sacred, festive, or warlike character

  2. informal any noisy gathering

Origin of corroboree

C19: from a native Australian language

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