Definition of maracas in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈräkəz/

plural noun

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A pair of hollow clublike gourd or gourd-shaped containers filled with beans, pebbles, or similar objects, shaken as a percussion instrument.
Example sentences
  • One morning the youngest children shook maracas, banged small cymbals, and danced and skipped to international music in a room lined with colorful banners and maps.
  • Larger bands have trumpets and strings as well as extensive percussion sections in which maracas, guiros, and bongos are primary instruments.
  • That zone now belongs to the hordes of zealots invited there personally to take up maracas and other such percussion.


Early 17th century: from Portuguese maracá, from Tupi.

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Syllabification: ma·rac·as

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