Main definitions of bongo in English

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bongo1

noun

  • Each of a joined pair of small deep-bodied drums, typically held between the knees and played with the fingers.

    • ‘If in doubt, listen to the opening bars of ‘Boston’: guitar, snare, bongos and shakers, what else do you need?’
    • ‘The first track ‘Una Cancion,’ with it's echoed bongos, steel drums and chilled vocals, will help you forget just how cold it is outside.’
    • ‘The combination of bongo drums and some sharp scratching from DJ Kilmore was pretty impressive.’
    • ‘Backed by live trumpets, guitars, and bongos, Kadiri's debut album is an impressive new force in roots hip-hop.’
    • ‘‘Until the Dream Gets Broken’ follows with programmed bongos and the same backing vocals, both featured more prominently this time.’
    • ‘The only real disappointment I found was the absence of those spectacular bongos at the beginning of ‘The Hazards of Sitting Beneath Palm Trees’.’
    • ‘Saturdays, he'd be smoking pot and playing bongos.’
    • ‘Turner entered the hall behind a child's wooden wagon to which a pair of bongo drums had been lashed.’
    • ‘Mrs Stagg bought Kieron a bongo drum for Christmas.’
    • ‘With the bongos - a reference to the little darbouka drums of Kancheli's homeland - a suggestion of a folk dance is raised, but then denied very soon after.’
    • ‘‘Chanabra’ adds bongos to one of the disc's most aggressive choruses, hinting at future recordings.’
    • ‘Wiggs handles bass, guitars, drums, and bongos; Trimble plays keyboards, acoustic guitar, and accordion.’
    • ‘Musical groups danced the samba all the way, beating bongo drums and shaking tambourines.’
    • ‘Marlon Brando's personal effects, including a pair of bongo drums and an annotated script of The Godfather, will be auctioned this week.’
    • ‘Larger bands have trumpets and strings as well as extensive percussion sections in which maracas, guiros, and bongos are primary instruments.’
    • ‘Last October he was arrested after police found him naked and playing the bongo drums.’
    • ‘In fact, the high bongo plays on an offbeat while the cowbell simply marks the beat.’
    • ‘The tabla is sort of a cross between the bongos and snare drum.’
    • ‘‘Sinner Man ‘is a Tamla tornado of sitars, trumpets, bongos and guitars.’’
    • ‘It kind of brought the band back to its roots - we're all close together and playing instruments like mandolin and bongos.’

Origin

1920s: from Latin American Spanish bongó.

Pronunciation:

bongo

/ˈbɒŋɡəʊ/

Main definitions of bongo in English

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bongo2

noun

  • A forest antelope that has a chestnut coat with narrow white vertical stripes, native to central Africa.

    • ‘These rich foreigners want to be sure that they will find a bongo during a fairly brief visit.’
    • ‘Africa's mountain bongo antelopes are teetering on the brink of extinction because of deforestation and poaching.’
    • ‘Leopard, elephant, rhino and the rare bongo can all be found here.’
    • ‘In Kenya, meanwhile, the bongo antelopes, victims of deforestation and poaching, are teetering on the brink of extinction.’
    • ‘Other rare animals, too, are scheduled for cloning, including the bongo, cheetah, Sumatran tiger, and, of course, the giant panda.’
    • ‘Sapo National Park is Liberia's only national park and one of the last rainforest refuges for bongo antelopes and forest elephants’
    • ‘The great apes, gorillas and chimpanzees, form the core of this zone, which is also home to the mandrill baboon, the bongo antelope, and the red river hog.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Kikongo.

Pronunciation:

bongo

/ˈbɒŋɡəʊ/