jam·bo·ree | \ ˌjam-bə-ˈrē \

Definition of jamboree 

1a : a large festive gathering

b : a national or international camping assembly of Boy Scouts

2 : a long mixed program of entertainment

3 : a noisy or unrestrained carouse

Examples of jamboree in a Sentence

he was a bit remorseful when he returned to the farm after his jamboree in town

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Apopka scored touchdowns on the three of its first 10 plays and rolled to two lopsided wins in a spring football jamboree at Deltona Pine Ridge on Thursday night. Chris Hays, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Apopka wins two in spring football jamboree at Pine Ridge," 24 May 2018 At this month’s Harare International Festival of Arts, where Mr Ncube was performing, Freshlyground, a band with members from across southern Africa, ended the jamboree with a song ridiculing Mr Mugabe, to raucous applause. The Economist, "Satire is booming after Robert Mugabe’s fall," 24 May 2018 The eight-week season will begin with a jamboree at Burbank High School with tournaments hosted in a different neighborhood each Saturday. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Kings help launch youth summer league. ‘Sport has the power to create profound change’ | The Sacramento Bee," 22 May 2018 In what is becoming a Valley spring football trend, Phoenix Desert Vista is the next school that will host other high schools for a spring football jamboree. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Desert Vista hosting five other high school teams for Spring Football Showcase," 4 May 2018 This big question is why these normally solitary sharks, which can reach up to 32 feet in length and weigh up to five tons, occasionally have shark jamborees. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Massive Gathering of Mysterious Basking Sharks Found in Aerial Photos," 13 Apr. 2018 LeCompte, who abruptly resigned just four days before the Skippers' jamboree game last August, spent 11 seasons at Mandeville and had remained on as the school's athletic director. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "Woman missing from Slidell located in St. Charles Parish," 29 Mar. 2018 The buzz: Northwestern signee won the Jackson Invitational (18:13) and the Oakland Activities Association’s first jamboree (18:55) before closing her prep career with a PR at the state meet (17:51.9). Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Free Press Sports Awards: Boys, girls cross country finalists," 5 Jan. 2018 To support local families and join the H43 possee as a volunteer, guest or table underwriter, go to hopeforthree.org or call 281-245-0640 to learn more about this informative jamboree. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Hope for Three Round Up for Autism set for Feb. 8," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of jamboree

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for jamboree

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English Language Learners Definition of jamboree

: a large party or celebration with music and entertainment

: a large gathering of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts


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Kids Definition of jamboree

1 : a large party or celebration

2 : a national or international camping assembly of Boy Scouts

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