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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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
Quotes:
Several thoughtful riflemen had foregone the shooting jamboree to place themselves as cover guards for the MG.
-- James Jones, The thin red line
Well, the great jamboree was over at last, not only the jamboree of the two Armistice Days (and really, we could have celebrated a dozen), but of the past several years.
-- Charles Jackson, The sunnier side: Arcadian tales
Origin:
Jamboree is an American invention, an apparent blend of jabber and shivaree.
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