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 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,, "Big Mouth Finally Gave Missy Her Voice," 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, "How Medellin Plans to Become South America's First Eco-City," 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, "What You Get for $1 Million in California," 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, "A Delaware sensei has inspired through the decades," 11 Aug. 2019 Nearby, a capoeira group rehearses, and a bit further several dozen tai chi students push the air gently away in this direction and that. Juan Cristóbal Cobo, National Geographic, "This city bans cars every Sunday—and people love it," 27 Mar. 2019 The festival, which takes place from noon to 10 p.m. on June 23, will be showcasing Brazilian ethnic food, folk dance, capoeira, quadrilha Junina, samba school parade, and performances of renowned Brazilian musicians. Staff Report,, "Brazilian Folks Festival returns to Pompano," 11 June 2018 Clapping and thigh slapping recall juba dancing, and a circle dance suggests the rudimentary moves of the Afro-Brazilian martial arts form capoeira. Karen Campbell,, "A moving ‘Vessel,’ in more ways than one," 29 June 2018 While recalling his first capoeira training session, Eric contemplates the divide between instinct and caution: Part of entering the world of capoeira angola is a constant training in vigilance, and not just during the actual playing of the game. Brittany Allen, Longreads, "Masters of Contradiction," 24 May 2018

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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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The first known use of capoeira was in 1928

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“Capoeira.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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