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 An additional music and dance zone will be located at the Sea Harbor Pavilions, along with a maraca-making stop for kids, a dance class with Sesame Street’s Rosita, shopping and additional Latin cuisine and a bar. Dewayne Bevil,, 12 May 2021 There are times when fairly — and unfairly — intelligent people turn my noggin into a maraca. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 21 Feb. 2019 But then a maraca goes into his mouth and someone silently disapproves and my baby gets sick. Beth Spotswood,, 25 Sep. 2019 My 10-month-old was sucking on a public-library-singing-and-story-time maraca. Beth Spotswood,, 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, 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, 11 Dec. 2018

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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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“Maraca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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