conga

noun

con·​ga ˈkäŋ-gə How to pronounce conga (audio)
1
: a Cuban dance of African origin involving three steps followed by a kick and performed by a group usually in single file
2
: a tall barrel-shaped or tapering drum of Afro-Cuban origin that is played with the hands

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Examples of conga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The singer-songwriter was supported by a full band, including a trumpeter and conga player, as well as musicians on saxophone, bass, guitar, and keyboard. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 18 July 2024 Her father, a longshoreman, played the conga and had sung with the Cuban bandleader Machito. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 18 June 2024 The title phrase came from a Nigerian musician friend in London, the conga player Jimmy Scott. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2024 The three-song set highlights the elegance of live instruments such as a saxophone, trumpets, trombones, conga, and güira with charming musical arrangements, writes Billboard Español‘s Luisa Calle. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 9 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for conga 

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Word History

Etymology

American Spanish, probably from feminine of congo black person, from Congo, region in Africa

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of conga was in 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Conga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conga. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

conga

noun
con·​ga ˈkäŋ-gə How to pronounce conga (audio)
1
: a Cuban dance of African origin performed by a group usually in single file
2
: a tall narrow drum that is played with the hands

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