: popular music of Jamaican origin that combines elements of traditional Caribbean rhythms and jazz

Examples of ska in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Starring Michelle Dockery, Nicholas Pinnock and David Dawson, the story of a family and four young people drawn into Coventry and Birmingham’s exploding ska and two-tone music scene in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. John Hopewell, Variety, 14 May 2024 The group, which formed in Anaheim, California in 1986, embraced its ska aesthetic, right down to the dance moves, horns and fashion choices. Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 14 Apr. 2024 Greg’s contributions to the ska scene have been monumental and his voice shaped the sound and soul of ska for decades. Jessica Lipsky, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 Sublime With Rome — which currently has no members of the original ska band — is embarking on a farewell tour. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 4 Mar. 2024 The Slackers and Mustard Plug at the Black Cat Third-wave ska was a staple of alt-rock radio and venue stages in the ’90s. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2023 Meanwhile, my oldest brother would be playing ska and reggae. Simon Reynolds, Pitchfork, 27 Sep. 2023 Founded by Posen as an excuse to release a seven-inch by the band Guttermouth, the label spent much of the ’90s catering to pop-punk and ska fans with a short roster that included 88 Fingers Louie, Dillinger Four and Mustard Plug. Paul Grein, Billboard, 14 Feb. 2024 Back then, according to Wells, headlining ska bands like Fishbone, who No Doubt would open for, would catch their set just to watch Spence. Stephanie Mendez, SPIN, 2 Feb. 2024

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Word History


perhaps alteration of scat entry 3

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ska was in 1963

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“Ska.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ska. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: popular music of Jamaican origin that combines elements of traditional Caribbean rhythms and jazz

perhaps an alteration of scat "jazz singing with meaningless syllables"

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