kumbaya

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Gullah. Apparently a corruption of the English phrase "come by here" in a spiritual song.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌkum.baɪˈjɑ/, /ˌkum.bɑˈjɑ/

Noun[edit]

kumbaya

  1. The title of the etymological folk song, used with varying degrees of sincerity or sarcasm to refer to the song's evocations of spiritual unity and interpersonal harmony.