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mambo

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noun, mam·bo \ˈmäm-(ˌ)bō\

Simple Definition of mambo

  • : a lively dance originally from Cuba

  • : the music for the mambo

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mambo

plural mambos

  1. :  a ballroom dance of Cuban origin that resembles the rumba and the cha-cha; also :  the music for this dance

mambo intransitive verb

Examples of mambo in a sentence

  1. They learned to dance the mambo.

  2. The band played a mambo.



Origin of mambo

American Spanish


First Known Use: 1948


Learn More about mambo

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of "mambo"


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