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

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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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On August 12, 2017, a community organizer from North Carolina named Heather Redding drove to Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the white nationalist jamboree known as Unite the Right. Shaun Assael, Glamour, "The Secret Fight to Save Confederate Monuments," 16 Aug. 2018 Much of the attention at the biennial aerospace jamboree was on still-developing forms of air transport that were widely dismissed as science fiction barely a few years ago. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Air Taxis and Self-Driving Aircraft: Aviation Industry Faces Its Future," 21 July 2018 The program has expanded over the years and now includes sectional and state track and field meets for Division 1 and 2 schools and four basketball jamborees during the academic year. Andrew Higginbottom, BostonGlobe.com, "Bringing special athletes into the game," 22 June 2018 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

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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


jam·​bo·​ree | \ ˌjam-bə-ˈrē \

Kids Definition of jamboree

1 : a large party or celebration
2 : a national or international camping assembly of Boy Scouts

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