noun (1)
bon·​go | \ ˈbäŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce bongo (audio) , ˈbȯŋ- \
plural bongos also bongoes

Definition of bongo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of a pair of small connected drums of different sizes and pitches played with the hands


noun (2)
plural bongo or bongos

Definition of bongo (Entry 2 of 2)

: an African antelope (Tragelaphus eurycerus synonym Boocerus euryceros) that is chestnut red with narrow white vertical stripes and is found in forests from Sierra Leone to Kenya

Other Words from bongo

Noun (1)

bongoist \ ˈbäŋ-​ˌgō-​ist How to pronounce bongoist (audio) , ˈbȯŋ-​ \ noun

First Known Use of bongo

Noun (1)

1920, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bongo

Noun (1)

American Spanish bongó

Noun (2)

probably from Kele (Bantu language of Gabon)

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The first known use of bongo was in 1861

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“Bongo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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bon·​go | \ ˈbäŋ-gō How to pronounce bongo (audio) , ˈbȯŋ-gō \
plural bongos also bongoes

Kids Definition of bongo

: either of a pair of small drums that are joined together and played with the hands

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