steel drum


: a musical instrument originally developed in Trinidad that is played by hammering raised and tuned portions of the bottom of an oil drum

Examples of steel drum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There, the warm weather and leisure lifestyle inspired him to adopt a persona based around hard drinking and easy living, and a tropical rock sound full of steel drums and pedal steel guitars. Al Shipley, SPIN, 21 Nov. 2023 Using a 55-gallon steel drum and parts found in any decent hardware store, the design produces an exceptional smoker. Joe Kohl-Riggs, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2023 In late August, sanitation workers in Monroe County, New York, packed more than 5,500 brightly colored e-cigarettes into 55-gallon steel drums for transport. Matthew Perrone, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2023 The happy hour event will feature music by steel drum band Sounds of Paradise and an opportunity to buy vacation packages, local entertainment and one-of-a-kind art pieces. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2023 The period between Christmas and New Year is particularly popular thanks to Carnival, also known as Sugar Mas, with vibrant celebrations involving steel drums, dancing, and food. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 20 Sep. 2023 There’s a Kids & Culture zone with face painting, steel drum classes, and more. Ann Trieger Kurland,, 27 June 2023 The team here can organize nearly any activity, from local steel drum lessons to rum tastings to horseback riding on the beach. Katie Lockhart, Robb Report, 24 Apr. 2023 As a creative response to the ever-looming bogey of food scarcity, Moore utilized steel drums (a nod to the cultures surrounding the museum) as planters, within which low-maintenance, edible plants take root. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, 8 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of steel drum was in 1952

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“Steel drum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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