noun gua·ji·ra \gwäˈhirə\

Definition of guajira



  1. :  a Cuban peasant dance tune or song whose rhythm shifts from 68 to 34 time while the eighth note retains the same time value

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Origin and Etymology of guajira

American Spanish (Cuba), literally, peasant woman

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a trip made at another's expense

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