Definition of corroboree in US English:


Pronunciation /kəˈräbərē//kəˌräbəˈrē/


  • 1An Australian Aboriginal dance ceremony which may take the form of a sacred ritual or an informal gathering.

    • ‘Whilst at the festival Mereki met a dance troupe of indigenous females who taught her their traditional dances, which she later performed alongside the women in a corroboree.’
    • ‘Over a period of nine decades, the Wallaga Lake Gumleaf Band and its splinter groups integrated a localized form of traditional Aboriginal musical practice - including corroboree dance steps - with Western repertoire.’
    • ‘Bruno had also bought calamine lotion and after our shower we patterned ourselves all over our bites like Aborigines painted for a corroboree.’
    • ‘And that's where we're going to have our discussions and have our corroborees and dance and traditional stuff like that.’
    • ‘There's hand prints, a rainbow snake, dancing and corroborees, kangaroos and emus.’
    • ‘The closest ring, at Tucki Tucki, lies on a trading route that once stretched to the Bunya Bunya mountains in Queensland, and was still in use for corroborees until at least 1880 (and probably for long afterward).’
    • ‘The latter are the active times either of ‘problems’ and ‘troubles’ or of joyous participation in explorations, holiday journeys, visits, ceremony, or the fun corroboree.’
    • ‘The corroboree on which the 2002 version was apparently based was first performed by the Neminuwarlin Dance Group at the 2000 Telstra Art Award in Darwin.’
    • ‘Aborigines living in the coastal Kimberley region of Australia's top end sometimes dance a corroboree re-enacting the arrival of dingoes to Australia.’
    • ‘Missionaries ensured that Christian ceremonies replaced corroborees at mission stations.’
    • ‘Donald Friend's silk-screen motifs represented pearl divers in the Torres Strait, Margaret Preston used shapes from bark painting, William Constable sketched a corroboree, and a scarf by Roy Dalgarno evoked Arnhem Land.’
    • ‘Nearby, at the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, visitors can learn how to throw a boomerang or to play the didgeridoo, before watching aboriginal dancers perform a corroboree.’
    • ‘At the Shooting Center, Andrew placed seven monumental spears in the ground, leaning against the sky as if placed there by Aboriginal people gathered for a corroboree, a native assembly for sacred or festive reasons.’
    • ‘The Wardandi Dreaming Dancers are bringing back traditional dance culture and inviting other Aboriginal dance groups to join them in corroborees in their tribal lands, which take place in the Margaret River Region in WA's south-west.’
    • ‘Whether Aussie Rules football originated as an Indigenous game, and even within the context of important meetings and corroborees, is not entirely clear.’
    • ‘The core of the performance is a joonba, a traditional performance akin to a corroboree.’
    1. 1.1Australian A party or other social gathering, especially a lively one.
      • ‘Lehman is not discussing corroboree protocol or how to have a good time at a barbecue - the discussion is about how to properly write a history book.’
      • ‘If it's not the sound of fighting and murder, it's corroborees all night to keep the neighbours up, the cops busy and the letters to the editor interesting.’
      social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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From Dharuk garaabara, denoting a style of dancing.