Definition of goombay in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈguːmbeɪ


West Indian
  • 1A goatskin drum with a round or squared top, played with the hands.
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    • Crowds of merrymakers parade through the streets to the sounds of whistles and goatskin drums called goombays.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The 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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