noun rum·ba \ˈrəm-bə, ˈrm-, ˈrüm-\

: a type of dance originally from Cuba in which dancers move their hips a lot

: the music for a rumba

Full Definition of RUMBA

:  a ballroom dance of Cuban origin in 24 or 44 time with a basic pattern of step-close-step and marked by a delayed transfer of weight and pronounced hip movements; also :  the music for this dance

Variants of RUMBA

rum·ba also rhum·ba \ˈrəm-bə, ˈrm-, ˈrüm-\

Examples of RUMBA

  1. The band played a rumba.

Origin of RUMBA

American Spanish
First Known Use: 1916


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