Definition of marimba
: a xylophone of southern Africa and Central America with resonators beneath each bar; also : a modern form of this instrument
marimbistplay \-bist\ noun
Recent Examples of marimba from the Web
At the Georgia's Institute of Technology, Shimon plays some marimba jams.
There will be drumming and strumming, Zydeco and funk, Morris dancers and marimba.
Justin Roberts and The Not Ready for Naptime Players will fill the stage with fun spunky sounds of ukulele, piano, cello, fiddle and marimba to get everyone dancing during two dynamic performances.
Dafra Star (founded by Volta-Jazz’s star singer, Coulibaly Tidiani) brings out African rhythms, often with a balafon (marimba).
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Origin and Etymology of marimba
of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu marimba xylophone
First Known Use: 1704See Words from the same year
MARIMBA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of marimba for English Language Learners
: a wooden musical instrument that is similar to a xylophone
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