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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Terry Hall, the lead singer of English ska band the Specials, has died at the age of 63, the band announced on social media. Variety, NBC News, 20 Dec. 2022 The Specials frontman Terry Hall died after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to a new Facebook post from the seminal British ska outfit’s bassist Horace Panter. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 21 Dec. 2022 Terry Hall, the lead singer of English ska band the Specials, has died at the age of 63, the band announced on social media. Variety, NBC News, 20 Dec. 2022 Terry Hall, who brought on the English 2-Tone ska revival with the band the Specials, has died. Vulture, 20 Dec. 2022 Throughout, the Specials’ influence continued to rise, particularly with third-wave ska-leaning acts such as Fishbone, No Doubt, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Sublime. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 19 Dec. 2022 Terry Hall, lead singer of the influential British ska band the Specials, has died. Harold Maass, The Week, 21 Dec. 2022 Terry Hall, frontman for English ska-punk band the Specials, dies at 63. Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2022 Terry Hall, the lead singer of English ska band the Specials, has died at the age of 63, the band announced on social media. Variety, NBC News, 20 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

ska

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

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