Definition of rebana
: any of various diverse drums of Malaysia and Indonesia used especially in Muslim religious ceremonies In fact rebana is a general term for certain drums in Malaysia, many of which are frame drums … — Matt Dean, The Drum, 2012 In 1724, Valentijn mentioned that four or more twelve-year-old girls danced and sang at Ternate to the accompaniment of a rabana, a round, not very thick drum, played with a small gong. — Virginia Matheson Hooker, Culture and Society in New Order Indonesia, 1993
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
First Known Use of rebana
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up rebana? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).