ca·​po·​ei·​ra | \ ˌkä-pə-ˈwā-rə How to pronounce capoeira (audio) , ˌkäp-ˈwā- \

Definition of capoeira

: a Brazilian dance of African origin that incorporates martial arts movements such as kicks and chops

Examples of capoeira in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There will be DJs, jazz performances, a sound bath, art and capoeira workshops and performances by the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. Carolina A. Mirandacolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 Her itineraries often include horseback riding along nearby beaches; lessons in capoeira, the Brazilian martial art; and private dinners at local restaurants. Devorah Lev-tov, Travel + Leisure, 9 Apr. 2022 People were drinking and eating and there was a group of boys doing capoeira. Joshuah Bearman, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 Its popularity grew as it was incorporated with the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira. Kathy Cichon,, 8 July 2021 Her Missy is someone who is Black, but also a space nerd who has a green belt in capoeira and a huge crush on Nathan Fillion. Shannon Carlin,, 5 Dec. 2020 Corporación Mangle, a capoeira organization in the neighborhood of Moravia, once the city dump, is also offering online classes. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Nov. 2020 Also nearby is La Peña Cultural Center, founded in 1975 as an arts and social justice activism center that offers classes in capoeira, salsa and Afro-Peruvian dance. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2020 Although Berry now only teaches aikido, Quiet Storm has classes in a number of different martial arts including capoeira, jiu jitsu and kenjitsu. Marina Affo, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of capoeira

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for capoeira

Brazilian Portuguese, kind of martial art, ruffian skilled in this art, fugitive slave living in the forest, from capão island of forest in a clear-cut area, from Tupi kaʔapáũ, from kaʔá forest + paũ round

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“Capoeira.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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