hoo·​te·​nan·​ny | \ ˈhü-tə-ˌna-nē How to pronounce hootenanny (audio) \
plural hootenannies

Definition of hootenanny

1 chiefly dialectal : gadget
2 : a gathering at which folk singers entertain often with the audience joining in

Examples of hootenanny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Collaboration turned out to be a Brandi Carlile-curated, all-female hootenanny. Terence Cawley, BostonGlobe.com, "Second day of Newport Folk Fest brings big surprises," 28 July 2019 The handmade hootenanny known as the Flamingo Flea takes over the famously dog-friendly Tarpon River Brewing in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Sunday. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "5 places to drink with a dog this weekend in South Florida," 15 Nov. 2019 Sunday Songs of the Season The legendary singer-songwriter Judy Collins takes the stage at The Wilbur along with Norwegian folk artist Jonas Fjeld and bluegrass band Chatham County Line to perform a seasonal hootenanny. BostonGlobe.com, "It’s a Classic," 23 Nov. 2019 Watch all the daily shenanigans and hootenanny that happens when the cameras are turned off. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Yvie Oddly, Nina West, more Drag Race stars getting new reality shows," 27 June 2019 Those immigrant families cooled themselves on stoops in the summer as the Beat youths rushed the avenues in pursuit of another hootenanny, intent on getting everywhere fast, following sounds. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Gay Pride and Stonewall, Through the Eyes of Fred W. McDarrah," 20 June 2019 Cedar Point is cooking up some family-friendly summer fun with a good ole hootenanny this weekend. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Cedar Point to unveil custom beer at barbecue fest," 6 June 2018 There will also be live entertainment daily by Cedar Point’s Bluegrass Jamboree and a hootenanny every evening at 6 p.m. On June 10, Food Network’s Damaris Phillips will cook up her famous buttermilk barbecue pie and beer cheese mac-and-cheese. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Cedar Point to unveil custom beer at barbecue fest," 6 June 2018 But this is no small-county hootenanny: the Liffey Descent draws an international crowd of more than 2,000 kayakers from all over Europe. Alex Schechter, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kayaking the 'River of Life' in Ireland," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hootenanny

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hootenanny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hootenanny. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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