: a fast rhythmic ballroom dance of Latin American origin with a basic pattern of three steps and a shuffle

Examples of cha-cha in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With hoarding, change is slow, happens in small steps and is like doing the cha-cha — two steps forward, one step back. By Michael Roizen, M.d., and Mehmet Oz, M.d., Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson married in 2016 and have twins Businessman and Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec and his wife Kym Johnson-Herjavec can literally credit the tango and cha-cha for their love story. Kara Nesvig, Peoplemag, 12 Nov. 2023 For their second dance on Tuesday, Oakley and Slater performed a cha-cha and were awarded a 15/30. 05 Mary Wilson, Season 28 The Supremes singer said goodbye to the ballroom in week two, after scoring a 15/30 on a cha cha with partner Brandon Armstrong. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2023 What resulted paved the way for danzón, cha-cha, timba, salsa and other vital genres. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Aug. 2023 When he first was hired, the station’s programming consisted of old trios and guitar groups, romantic balladists from Spain and South America and the old mambo and cha-cha-cha orquestras. Roy Trakin, Variety, 12 Apr. 2023 Their mission: learn the cha-cha. Jolene Latimer, Peoplemag, 31 Mar. 2023 Foxtrot, waltz, tango, rumba, bolero, cha-cha — anyone who visits the VietAID social hall in Fields Corner can learn. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Mar. 2023 Many were first-generation Asian Americans, drawn to the artistry of the tango, fox trot and cha-cha after having spent most of their lives working and raising children. Corina Knoll, New York Times, 24 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


American Spanish cha-cha-cha

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cha-cha was in 1954

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“Cha-cha.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cha-cha. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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