- a carousal; any noisy merrymaking.
- a large gathering, as of a political party or the teams of a sporting league, often including a program of speeches and entertainment.
- a large gathering of members of the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, usually nationwide or international in scope (distinguished from camporee).
Origin of jamboree
Examples from the Web for jamboree
Alayban was on one of her annual vacations to the condo on tony Jamboree Road when she was arrested.The Princess & the Peon: Saudi Royal’s Slave Labor Charges
Eliza Shapiro, Christine Pelisek
July 12, 2013
Some of 186 them said they would rather not attend the jamboree at all!Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies
Alice B. Emerson
I can make allowance once in a while for the boys gettin' on a jamboree, but by Christmas!The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
I'll go somewhere an' finish my jamboree an' then I'll hit fer some fresh range.Prairie Flowers
James B. Hendryx
I reckon there ain't been such a jamboree in town for years.The Crossing
"Having a jamboree," said the hunter, drawing rein at the blazing doorway.The Treasure of Pearls
- a large and often international gathering of Scouts
- a party or spree
Word Origin and History for jamboree
1866, represented as typical of American English, perhaps from jam (n.) on pattern of shivaree [Barnhart]. For the second element, Weekley suggests French bourree, a kind of rustic dance. Klein thinks the whole thing is of Hindu origin (but he credits its introduction to English, mistakenly, to Kipling). Boy Scouts use is from 1920. Noted earlier as a term in cribbage:
Jamboree signifies the combination of the five highest cards, as, for example, the two Bowers [jacks], Ace, King, and Queen of trumps in one hand, which entitles the holder to count sixteen points. The holder of such a hand, simply announces the fact, as no play is necessary; but should he play the hand as a Jambone, he can count only eight points, whereas he could count sixteen if he played it, or announced it as a Jamboree. ["The American Hoyle," New York, 1864]