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rumba

noun rum·ba \ˈrəm-bə, ˈru̇m-, ˈrüm-\

Simple Definition of rumba

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

  • : the music for a rumba

Full Definition of rumba

  1. :  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

Examples of rumba

  1. The band played a rumba.



Variants of rumba

also rhum·ba \ˈrəm-bə, ˈru̇m-, ˈrüm-\

Origin of rumba

American Spanish


First Known Use: 1916


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