noun \ˈtaŋ-(ˌ)gō\

: a Latin-American dance in which couples make long pauses in difficult positions; also : the music used for this dance

plural tangos

Full Definition of TANGO

:  a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin in 24 time with a basic pattern of step-step-step-step-close and characterized by long pauses and stylized body positions; also :  the music for this dance
:  interaction marked by a lack of straightforwardness <the suspect's tango with police>

Examples of TANGO

  1. The band played a tango.

Origin of TANGO

American Spanish
First Known Use: 1913


intransitive verb

: to dance the tango

Full Definition of TANGO

:  to dance the tango

Examples of TANGO

  1. He's trying to learn how to tango.

First Known Use of TANGO



Definition of TANGO

—a communications code word for the letter t

First Known Use of TANGO



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Tango danced by Rudolph Valentino and partner from the motion picture Four Horsemen of the …—Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., © 1921; photograph, from the Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive

Spirited dance; also a South American ballroom dance. It evolved in the dance halls and, perhaps, the brothels of poorer districts of Buenos Aires, Arg., possibly influenced by the Cuban habanera. It was made popular in the U.S. by Vernon and Irene Castle, and by 1915 it was being danced throughout Europe. Early versions, danced to music in the prevailing duple metre (), were fast and exuberant; these were later modified to the smoother ballroom step, characterized by long pauses and stylized body positions and danced to music usually in time. Among those associated with tango are Juan D'Arienzo, Anibal Troilo, Osvaldo Pugliese, Carlos Di Sarli, Francisco Canaro, Astor Piazzolla, and Carlos Gardel.


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