Definition of ska in English:


Line breaks: ska
Pronunciation: /skɑː


[mass noun]
  • A style of fast popular music having a strong offbeat and originating in Jamaica in the 1960s, a forerunner of reggae.
    More example sentences
    • The heart of the Fat Freddy sound is reggae, from ska through to dub, to which they add subtle hints of house music.
    • It fused reggae, ska and rockabilly in a multicultural rant against poverty and discrimination.
    • There were quite a few bands doing ska and reggae rhythms with a punk rock attitude and punk rock music.


1960s: of unknown origin.

More definitions of ska

Definition of ska in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
a powerful whirlpool in the sea