American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An Australian Aboriginal dance festival held at night to celebrate tribal victories or other events.
- n. Australian A large, noisy celebration.
- n. Australian A great tumult; a disturbance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wardance or dancing-party of the aborigines of Australia and New Zealand.
- To hold a corroboree; be used for that purpose.
- n. A nocturnal dance held by Australian Aborigines, for social, celebratory or warlike purposes.
- n. Any noisy, late-night gathering or disturbance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A nocturnal festivity with which the Australian aborigines celebrate tribal events of importance. Symbolic dances are given by the young men of the tribe, while the women act as musicians.
- n. A song or chant made for such a festivity.
- n. Australia A festivity or social gathering, esp. one of a noisy or uproarious character; hence, tumult; uproar.
- From Dharug garabara. (Wiktionary)
- From Dharuk garabari. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word corroboree is applied equally to the dance, the whole festival, or the actual chant which accompanies the dancing.”
“Some old clothes were then put on some of the men and women, and the affair ended in several of our party and several of the black fellows having an impromptu "corroboree," to the intense delight of the natives, and I must say, very much to our amusement.”
“corroboree," where graceful thanks were returned by the Opposition candidate, who was overloaded with offerings of blue and white violets and narcissi, and amid great enthusiasm dragged in a buggy to the railway station.”
“The endangered mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus) and the corroboree frog (Pseudophryne corroboree) are both strict endemics found only in high elevation areas.”
“The next minute Billy the Boy raises the most awful corroboree of screams and howls, enough for a whole gang of bush-rangers, if they went in for that sort of thing.”
“A dance, called by the colonists a corroboree, now took place, in which only the unarmed men joined.”
“The corroboree of native companions (ANTIGONE AUSTRALASIANA) may certainly be the practice of a defensive manoeuvre, though it has the appearance of a graceful dance.”
“These distinctive traits, worn with careless hair, were so original, so intensely entertaining and notoriety-provoking in a camp which had never possessed the copyright of more than one shabby corroboree, that Wylo made many conquests.”
“That he did most truly and sincerely believe the existence of “debils-debils” we had proof every evening, for he would sit at the door of his grass hut, maintain a big, dancing fire, and sing lustily under the supposition that a good discordant corroboree was the most effective scare.”
“The weather was close, and being satisfied, and, for once, frugal, George cooked the two remaining fish, and swathing them neatly in fresh green leaves, sauntered away, cooing a corroboree of content.”
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