rebana

re·ba·na \ rə-ˈbä-nə \
variants: or less commonly rabana

Definition of rebana

plural rebana also rabana
: 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 DeanThe Drum2012
  • 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 HookerCulture and Society in New Order Indonesia1993

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First Known Use of rebana

1847


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