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 Dylan returned briefly to Minnesota the following May, to sing at a university hootenanny, and Nelson and Pankake saw him again on that occasion. Mick Stevens, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 Bumblefest and normalcy are not words that often appear in the same sentence, but the Sept. 17 return of Steve Rullman’s modern-rock hootenanny in downtown West Palm Beach now feels like a comforting symbol of back-when. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 6 Aug. 2021 The Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance is planning a country-western golf outing and hootenanny on June 17 at Coppertop Golf Club. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 23 Apr. 2021 Frontier Town will transform into a Wild West hootenanny, brimming with live music, interactive games for adults and kids, festive décor, street entertainers and a mouth-watering food and drink menu. Jennie Key, The Enquirer, 18 Feb. 2021 Today’s Kellyoke turned out to be a real hootenanny on The Kelly Clarkson Show. Gabrielle Sanchez, Vulture, 14 Jan. 2021 The Collaboration turned out to be a Brandi Carlile-curated, all-female hootenanny. Terence Cawley, BostonGlobe.com, 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, 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, 23 Nov. 2019

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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 22 Sep. 2021.

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