ju·​ba | \ ˈjü-bə How to pronounce juba (audio) \

Definition of juba

in U.S. history
: a dance that was accompanied by complex rhythmic hand clapping and slapping of the knees and thighs and that was performed on plantations in the southern U.S. by enslaved Black people also : the style of rhythmic accompaniment used for this dance

Examples of juba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One unintended upshot of banning drums was the development of body percussion: juba, hambone, tap dance, stepping. Brian Seibert, New York Times, 2 Mar. 2020 Clapping and thigh slapping recall juba dancing, and a circle dance suggests the rudimentary moves of the Afro-Brazilian martial arts form capoeira. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of juba

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for juba

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“Juba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juba. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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Juba geographical name

Ju·​ba | \ ˈjü-bə How to pronounce Juba (audio) , -ˌbä \

Definition of Juba

town and capital of South Sudan population 244,000

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