noun \ˈsam-bə, ˈsäm-\

: a lively Brazilian dance; also : the music for this dance

Full Definition of SAMBA

:  a Brazilian dance of African origin with a basic pattern of step-close-step-close and characterized by a dip and spring upward at each beat of the music; also :  the music for this dance
samba intransitive verb

Examples of SAMBA

  1. The band played a samba.

Origin of SAMBA

First Known Use: 1885

Rhymes with SAMBA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ballroom dance of Brazilian origin, popularized in the U.S. and Europe in the 1940s. Danced to music in time with a syncopated rhythm, the dance is characterized by simple forward and backward steps and tilting, rocking body movements. In Brazil an older African type of samba is also danced in circles or double lines as a group dance. For decades the samba has dominated Brazilian popular music.


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