ju·​ju | \ ˈjü-(ˌ)jü How to pronounce juju (audio) \

Definition of juju

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fetish, charm, or amulet of West African peoples
2 : the magic attributed to or associated with jujus

Definition of juju (Entry 2 of 2)

: a style of West African music that is characterized by a rapid beat, the use of percussion instruments, and vocal harmonies

First Known Use of juju

Noun (1)

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for juju

Noun (1)

of W. African origin; akin to the source of Hausa jùju fetish

Noun (2)

Yoruba jújù

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“Juju.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juju?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=j&file=juju0001. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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