noun (1)
ja·​ra·​na | \ həˈränə \
plural -s

Definition of jarana

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a large Central American manbarklak (Eschweilera jarana) with hard heavy durable wood used chiefly for heavy construction
2 : the salmon pink to reddish brown variegated wood of the jarana


noun (2)
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of jarana (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a couple dance of Yucatan that is performed with waltz and zapateado steps
2 : a stringed instrument of Mexico resembling a ukulele

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for jarana

Noun (1)

American Spanish

Noun (2)

American Spanish, from Spanish, fun, merrymaking, trick, deceit, alteration of harana, arana trick, deceit

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about jarana

Statistics for jarana

Cite this Entry

“Jarana.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jarana. Accessed 26 January 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on jarana

Spanish Central: Translation of jarana

Comments on jarana

What made you want to look up jarana? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to express in a more acceptable way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!