Definition of maraca
: a rattle usually made from a gourd that is used as a percussion instrument
Recent Examples of maraca from the Web
An eleven-foot-tall maraca, decorated with a cheerfully skeletal grimace of frosting-like acrylic paint, welcomes visitors to this exuberant show, which riffs on pre-Columbian motifs and was inspired by the artist’s experiments with ayahuasca.
One morning, the sound of their shaking maracas and ukulele strumming suddenly stopped, and his teacher interrupted my lesson.
Sega’s cult classic maracas-shaking rhythm game Samba De Amigo will be headed to Nintendo’s console.
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Origin and Etymology of maraca
Portuguese maracá, from Tupi maraká
First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
MARACA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of maraca for English Language Learners
: a musical instrument with a handle and a round hollow top that is filled with beads, beans, etc., and is shaken to make noise
MARACA Defined for Kids
Definition of maraca for Students
: a musical rhythm instrument made of a dried gourd with seeds or pebbles inside that is usually played in pairs by shaking
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