WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
rum•ba /ˈrʌmbə, ˈrʊm-, ˈrum-/USA pronunciation n., pl. -bas/-bəz/USA pronunciationv., -baed/-bəd/USA pronunciation -ba•ing/-bəɪŋ/.USA pronunciation
n. [countable] Music and Dancea ballroom dance that is Cuban in origin, notable for its complex rhythm and swaying hip motion.
v. [no object] Music and Danceto dance the rumba.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

rumba, rhumba /ˈrʌmbə ˈrʊm-/ n
  1. a rhythmic and syncopated Cuban dance in duple time
  2. a ballroom dance derived from this
  3. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Etymology: 20th Century: from Spanish: lavish display, of uncertain origin



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