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

Definition of juba

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a dance of Southern plantation blacks accompanied by complexly rhythmic hand clapping and slapping of the knees and thighs


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

Definition of Juba (Entry 2 of 2)

town and capital of South Sudan population 244,000

Examples of juba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One unintended upshot of banning drums was the development of body percussion: juba, hambone, tap dance, stepping. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: The Body Is Also a Percussive Instrument," 2 Mar. 2020 Primeiro umas fotos para quando ficar com saudades do cabelo comprido... depois começa o corte à juba! Megan Stein, Country Living, "NCIS: Los Angeles's Daniela Ruah Just Showed Off a Dramatic New Hair Cut," 19 Jan. 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, "A moving ‘Vessel,’ in more ways than one," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of juba


1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Juba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juba. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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