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bossa nova

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noun bos·sa no·va \ˌbä-sə-ˈnō-və\

Simple Definition of bossa nova

  • : a kind of music that is originally from Brazil

  • : a dance performed to bossa nova music

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bossa nova

  1. 1 :  popular music of Brazilian origin that is rhythmically related to the samba but with complex harmonies and improvised jazzlike passages

  2. 2 :  a dance performed to bossa nova music

Origin and Etymology of bossa nova

Portuguese, literally, new trend


First Known Use: 1962


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