One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large celebration or party, typically a lavish and boisterous one.‘the film industry's annual jamboree in Cannes’
- ‘The event is something like a jamboree or carnival with some off-road activities, off-road car shows, car accessory sales, food stalls and information booths.’
- ‘This year's event featured all the old reliable favourites, including a dog show, showjumping contests, demonstrations and the various agricultural aspects that have become part and parcel of the annual jamboree.’
- ‘The symbol of regional pride will be hoisted in the city at 7.05 am as thousands of Yorkshire-lovers take part in a countywide jamboree to celebrate the region's qualities.’
- ‘The party is planning a year-long jamboree to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scotland's national poet - and boost Scottish tourism at the same time.’
- ‘The diversity of Texas is apparent every month through its colorful festivals, jamborees, cook-offs and celebrations.’
2A large rally of Scouts or Guides.
- ‘Well, President Bush will try again on Sunday to talk to the Boy Scouts that gathered in Virginia for their national jamboree.’
- ‘Bernard Clark, Southend district scout commissioner, confirmed five scouts from the Southend district joined the jamboree and one scout leader had been expected to visit the Philippines.’
- ‘The 26 acres bring in extra revenue by hosting large events such as Scout jamborees, caravan rallies and game fairs.’
- ‘The jamboree consists of 24,000 scouts from over 150 countries and another 6,000 scouts, both boys and girls, from Thailand are expected to attend.’
- ‘The Bulgaria Scout Association - which is also celebrating its 80th anniversary this year - has arranged an exhibition of photographs from scout gatherings and jamborees.’
Mid 19th century (originally US slang): of unknown origin.
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