Definition of goombay in English:


Syllabification: goom·bay
Pronunciation: /ˈɡo͝ombā, ˈɡo͞om-


West Indian
1A goatskin drum with a round or squared top, played with the hands.
More example sentences
  • Crowds of merrymakers parade through the streets to the sounds of whistles and goatskin drums called goombays.
1.1The calypso-style music associated with the playing of goombay drums.
1.2A dance to goombay music.
1.3(Chiefly in the Bahamas) a festival or season of goombay music and dance.


perhaps from Kikongo ngoma, denoting a type of drum.

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