Definition of goombay in English:

goombay

Pronunciation: /ˈɡo͞om-//ˈɡo͝ombā/

noun

West Indian
  • 1A goatskin drum with a round or squared top, played with the hands.

    • ‘Crowds of merrymakers parade through the streets to the sounds of whistles and goatskin drums called goombays.’
    1. 1.1 The calypso-style music associated with the playing of goombay drums.
    2. 1.2 A dance to goombay music.
    3. 1.3 (chiefly in the Bahamas) a festival or season of goombay music and dance.

Origin

Perhaps from Kikongo ngoma, denoting a type of drum.

Pronunciation:

goombay

/ˈɡo͞om-//ˈɡo͝ombā/