ca·​po·​ei·​ra ˌkä-pə-ˈwā-rə How to pronounce capoeira (audio)
: 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 The roughly 75-minute work for 13 men brilliantly fuses a contemporary theatricality with street dance, capoeira, martial arts, and Sufi imagery to create a sense of communal ritual and power., 19 Jan. 2023 In the classroom next door, the instructor performed capoeira and sang in Portuguese. Brandon Drenon, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Oct. 2022 To play an agile elf, Córdova studied various martial arts, including wushu, kung fu, and capoeira, while Boniadi took gardening and perfume workshops to prepare for her role as a healer. Devan Coggan,, 2 Aug. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of capoeira was in 1928

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“Capoeira.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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