marimba

noun
ma·​rim·​ba | \ mə-ˈrim-bə How to pronounce marimba (audio) \

Definition of marimba

: a xylophone of southern Africa and Central America with resonators beneath each bar also : a modern form of this instrument

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Other Words from marimba

marimbist \ mə-​ˈrim-​bist How to pronounce marimba (audio) \ noun

Examples of marimba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vibraphone and marimba later join in, playing warmly ringing harmonies. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 Registrants can take workshops to learn anything from the marimba to jazz percussion and Celtic fiddle. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, 20 May 2021 The circumar is shaped like a large kettle with marimba keys suspended perpendicular to the floor. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2021 One such machine was an earlier version of Shimon, which could play the marimba and sing. Shi En Kim, Scientific American, 4 Dec. 2020 But the hall has also changed with the times: Nieto is promoting a young band that combines the tropical instrument known as the marimba with electric guitars and drums. Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2020 But the hall has also changed with the times: Nieto is promoting a young band that combines the tropical instrument known as the marimba with electric guitars and drums. Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2020 But the hall has also changed with the times: Nieto is promoting a young band that combines the tropical instrument known as the marimba with electric guitars and drums. Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2020 Harp, marimba and vibraphone give the Rhinemaidens’ warning to Siegfried a suitably watery texture. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of marimba

1704, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marimba

of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu marimba xylophone

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The first known use of marimba was in 1704

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4 Jun 2021

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“Marimba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/marimba. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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marimba

noun

English Language Learners Definition of marimba

: a wooden musical instrument that is similar to a xylophone

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