re·​ba·​na rə-ˈbä-nə How to pronounce rebana (audio)
variants or less commonly rabana
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 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

Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rebana was in 1847

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“Rebana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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