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 marimbist (audio) \ noun

Examples of marimba in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An iceofon, a kind of marimba with frozen bars, makes a pure and crystalline sound. The Economist, "Chilling sounds At a music festival in Norway, the instruments are made from ice," 11 Feb. 2020 The music, by Akira Miyoshi and Michael Gordon, is more urgent — tremolos on marimba, mysterious and thunderous — and the choreography is more agitated: an exchange of whiplash duets and trios like excited molecules. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: Richard Alston Dance Says Adieu in (Quiet) Character," 21 Feb. 2020 The group is raising money to buy a new tractor-trailer, which is needed to move equipment like drums and marimbas. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "The show must not go on: How coronavirus ruined springtime fun," 14 Mar. 2020 Men wear hats with feathers, to represent roosters and a masculine spirit, and gallop through town, past onlookers and marimba bands. Rachel Nolan, The New Yorker, "A Translation Crisis at the Border," 30 Dec. 2019 Categories include music education, brass, classical guitar, organ, piano, marimba/classical steel drum, voice, woodwinds, strings and a new scholarship in viola. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Tuesday Musical scholarships now open for Ohio college students," 18 Dec. 2019 Herencia de Timbiqui, a popular marimba band who have moulded the style into pop ballads, played the final concert, with La Filarmónica de Cali providing orchestral arrangements of their songs. S.b. | Cali, The Economist, "A festival in Cali celebrates peace as well as Pacific music," 26 Aug. 2019 His longtime bandmate Wolf, the acclaimed vibraphone and marimba virtuoso, joins him for what is sure to be a series of spellbinding improvisational dialogues. Maura Johnston,, "Folk & World," 20 Sep. 2018 The museum's funding also supported the preservation of 150 hours of Edwin Gerhardt’s marimba xylophone collection on 78s and 1,500 recordings from the Armenian-American diaspora. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Inside the Grammy Museum's Latest Music Preservation Initiatives," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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“Marimba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of marimba

: a wooden musical instrument that is similar to a xylophone

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