or cor·rob·bo·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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


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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