ha·​ba·​ne·​ra | \ ˌ(h)ä-bə-ˈner-ə How to pronounce habanera (audio) \

Definition of habanera

1 : a Cuban dance in slow duple time
2 : the music for the habanera

Examples of habanera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carmen long ago sang the habanera and drew her last breath, Aladdin has rolled up his magic carpet until next time. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018 The acts represent various Catalan musical traditions, including Catalan rumba, which is derived from flamenco music, and habanera, a form that curators say is experiencing a revival after years of decline. Max Kutner, Smithsonian, "Some of Barcelona’s Most Acclaimed Musicians Will Rock and Rumba Washington D.C.," 27 June 2018 The music in tango, inspired by African candombe dance, Cuban habanera and Spanish guitars, later evolved to include violins, the accordion, piano, bass, and flute. Kristin Braswell, ELLE Decor, "Just In: Buenos Aires Is The New Paris," 19 Mar. 2018 Sullivan Fortner, from New Orleans, and Chano Domínguez, from Spain, both played habaneras beautifully. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: Tapping Out Some New World Rhythms," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of habanera

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for habanera

Spanish (danza) habanera, literally, Havanan dance

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The first known use of habanera was in 1878

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“Habanera.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habanera. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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