Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A noisy celebration.
  • n. A large assembly, often international, especially of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.
  • n. A mass gathering or assembly, as of a political party or association.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lavish or boisterous celebration or party.
  • n. A large rally of Scouts or Guides.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A noisy or unrestrained carousal or frolic; a spree.
  • n. a large festive gathering.
  • n. an assembly of boy scouts, usually at the national or international level, including camping among the activities; -- a term adopted by the Boy Scouts organization.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A carousal; a noisy drinking-bout; a spree; hence, any noisy merrymaking.
  • n. In the game of euchre, a lone hand containing the five highest cards and counting the holder 16 points, played by agreement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a gay festivity

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown 19th century American slang. Chosen by Baden-Powell in 1919 for use in Scout Movement. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • (The term jamboree, according to the official Boy Scout etymology, was coined by Boy Scouts founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell to mean a gathering of Scouts.)

    Thousands head to Va. for Boy Scout jamboree

  • Toronto's huge literary jamboree is both aggressively international and fiercely Canadian

    At the International Festival of Authors

  • Canada hopes to participate this coming summer in the second American jamboree, which is being held in historic Valley Forge.

    Scouts Today┬ŚMen Tomorrow

  • A jamboree is a glorified practice, a chance to play another team without counting the result as a victory or a defeat.

    The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO Home

  • Included at the jamboree will be the I.C.E. Tour Family Fan Fest.

    Islanders Top Stories

  • FREDERICKTOWN - For the past 32 years, the tomato show has been the venue to end the summer season with a blast, and highlighting the jamboree is the Little Miss Tomato Contest.

    Mount Vernon News

  • Talbott said the jamboree is a celebration of rugged individualism that manifests itself in the way a person steps up to a challenge, as well as athletic prowess.

    billingsgazette.com

  • Colinette's "jamboree" has most in one yarn I think ?

    computer worries, woe is me:(

  • Beginning with the "jamboree," which came off quite in accordance with Calderwell's prophecies, Arkwright spent the most of such time as was not given to his professional duties in deliberately cultivating the society of Bertram and his friends.

    Miss Billy -- Married

  • But the last time I saw him he was on a "jamboree," or spree, and killed his unfortunate horse by tying it up without feeding it or giving it water while he was drinking or drunk, and so he did not make his usual trip.

    A Tramp's Notebook

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  • "Seduced, England's two best cricketers hauled off to the IPL in April and May, with the meek blessing of their board, and came home from that jamboree in such poor bodily repair that neither was able to play in the rout of Headingley, and neither is guaranteed to play in the death-or-glory finale at the The Oval."
    - Greg Baum, Ashes gap subtle as Twenty20 bash, theage.com.au, 11 August 2009.

    August 11, 2009

  • Nah, we don't call them jamborees. ;->

    April 6, 2008

  • Lol, showing either your age WeirdNET or deep insight into sexual politics.

    April 5, 2008