rumba

 /ˈrʌmbə/

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
rum•ba /ˈrʌmbə, ˈrʊm-, ˈrum-/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -bas /-bəz/USA pronunciation  v.,  -baed /-bəd/USA pronunciation   -ba•ing /-bəɪŋ/.USA pronunciation
      

n. [countable]
  1. Music and Dancea ballroom dance that is Cuban in origin, notable for its complex rhythm and swaying hip motion.

v. [no object]
  1. Music and Danceto dance the rumba.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
rum•ba  (rumbə, rŏŏm-, ro̅o̅m-),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -bas (-bəz),USA pronunciation v.,  -baed  (-bəd),USA pronunciation  -ba•ing (-bə ing).USA pronunciation
     

n. 
  1. Music and Dancea dance, Cuban in origin and complex in rhythm.
  2. Music and Dancean imitation or adaptation of this dance in the U.S.
  3. Music and Dancemusic for this dance or in its rhythm.

v.i. 
  1. Music and Danceto dance the rumba.
Also,  rhumba. 
  • American Spanish
  • 1920–25


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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