noun \ˈsl-sə, ˈsäl-\

: a spicy sauce made with tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers that is commonly served with Mexican food

: a type of popular Latin-American music

: dancing that is done to salsa music

Full Definition of SALSA

:  a spicy sauce of tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers
:  popular music of Latin American origin that has absorbed characteristics of rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock

Examples of SALSA

  1. The band was playing salsa.
  2. We're taking classes in salsa.

Origin of SALSA

Spanish, literally, sauce, from Latin, feminine of salsus salted — more at sauce
First Known Use: circa 1962

Rhymes with SALSA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Contemporary Latin American dance music. Salsa developed in Cuba in the 1940s. It drew upon local musical styles, such as charanga (featuring primarily strings and flute) and the dance music of the conjuntos (bands), and blended them with elements of jazz. In the 1950s salsa began to flourish in New York City, where it incorporated traditional Puerto Rican rhythms, and later, elements from Venezuelan and Colombian music and rhythm and blues. Its stars have included Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, and Willie Colon.


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