ma·​ra·​ca | \ mə-ˈrä-kə How to pronounce maraca (audio) , -ˈra- How to pronounce maraca (audio) \

Definition of maraca

: a rattle usually made from a gourd that is used as a percussion instrument

Examples of maraca in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plot revolves around a young NASA scientist Isaac (Ryan Masson) whose life is shaken like a maraca after an extraterrestrial abduction. Matt Wake |, al, "5 recent movies now streaming that don’t suck," 31 July 2020 Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire marched with them, Butler shaking a giant maraca and beaming while and Chassagne twirled with a group of dancers in matching satin skirts. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Preservation Hall Jazz Band Honors 'Sacred' Musical Roots With Krewe du Kanaval & Doc Before Mardi Gras," 21 Feb. 2019 But then a maraca goes into his mouth and someone silently disapproves and my baby gets sick. Beth Spotswood,, "‘Library look’ at story time gets read by her as ‘bad mom’," 25 Sep. 2019 My 10-month-old was sucking on a public-library-singing-and-story-time maraca. Beth Spotswood,, "‘Library look’ at story time gets read by her as ‘bad mom’," 25 Sep. 2019 With Ava’s help, Ari shook a tiny maraca, played a hand drum, held tight to some colorful ribbons and reached high over her head to grab a small green tambourine. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Music therapy brings unity, hope to family with child on hospice," 10 July 2019 In the two-minute clip, the children are standing in what appears to be the Harts' living room; Devonte is seen dancing with a bongo drum, Abigail is holding a guitar, and Jeremiah is shaking a maraca while Hannah dances off to the side. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 2: 'If Not Us, Who?'," 11 Dec. 2018 Some fans have taken to Twitter to criticize Beyoncé's decision to wear the sombrero, as well as the fact that she was spotted carrying a maraca. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Stepped Out in a Sombrero for Cinco de Mayo," 6 May 2017 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. The New Yorker, "Tamara Gonzales," 31 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of maraca

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maraca

Portuguese maracá, from Tupi maraká

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10 Aug 2020

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“Maraca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of maraca

: a musical instrument with a handle and a round hollow top that is filled with beads, beans, etc., and is shaken to make noise


ma·​ra·​ca | \ mə-ˈrä-kə How to pronounce maraca (audio) , -ˈra- \

Kids Definition of maraca

: 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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