Definition of dumka in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʊmkə/

noun (plural dumkas or dumky /ˈdʊmki/)

A piece of Slavic music, originating as a folk ballad or lament, typically melancholy with contrasting lively sections.
Example sentences
  • Nothing is more characteristic of Czech music than the ‘dumka’, which Dvorák made particularly his own, notably in his Op 90 Piano Trio, which strings six of them together.
  • Some late 19th-century composers used such national dance forms as the furiant or dumka in their scherzos, while some of these draw on Austrian dances and otherwise grotesque elements.
  • The musical canvas of the Polish carol is formed above all by the melodies and rhythms of dances such as mazurkas, krakowiaks, obereks, kujawiaks, polonaises, and sentimental dumkas or elegies.


Late 19th century: via Czech and Polish from Ukrainian.

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