jamboree

jamboree

[jam-buh-ree]
noun
1.
a carousal; any noisy merrymaking.
2.
a large gathering, as of a political party or the teams of a sporting league, often including a program of speeches and entertainment.
3.
a large gathering of members of the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, usually nationwide or international in scope (distinguished from camporee ).

Origin:
1860–65, Americanism; apparently blend of jabber and shivaree, with m from jam1 crowd

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jamboree (ˌdʒæmbəˈriː)
 
n
1.  a large and often international gathering of Scouts
2.  a party or spree
 
[C19: of uncertain origin]

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jamboree
1868, Amer.Eng., perhaps from jam (n.) on pattern of shivaree. For the second element, Weekley suggestsFr. bourree, a kind of rustic dance. Klein thinks the whole thing is of Hindu origin. Name given to 1920 International Rally of Boy Scouts, and used subsequently by them.
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