mambo

noun
mam·​bo | \ ˈmäm-(ˌ)bō How to pronounce mambo (audio) \
plural mambos

Definition of mambo

: a ballroom dance of Cuban origin that resembles the rumba and the cha-cha also : the music for this dance

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Other Words from mambo

mambo intransitive verb

Examples of mambo in a Sentence

They learned to dance the mambo. The band played a mambo.
Recent Examples on the Web The Salon Los Angeles had been crowded every weekend since 1937 with couples twirling to mambo, cha-cha-cha, salsa and danzon. Dallas News, "Coronavirus shutdown threatens Mexico City’s storied dance halls," 9 Sep. 2020 The Salon Los Angeles had been crowded every weekend since 1937 with couples twirling to mambo, cha-cha-cha, salsa and danzon. Dallas News, "Coronavirus shutdown threatens Mexico City’s storied dance halls," 9 Sep. 2020 The Salon Los Angeles had been crowded every weekend since 1937 with couples twirling to mambo, cha-cha-cha, salsa and danzon. Dallas News, "Coronavirus shutdown threatens Mexico City’s storied dance halls," 9 Sep. 2020 This past weekend, the dance hall was reduced to holding bake sales and a craft fair and asking for sponsors to save the venue where Cuban musicians like Pérez Prado and Beny Moré helped popularize mambo. Dallas News, "Coronavirus shutdown threatens Mexico City’s storied dance halls," 9 Sep. 2020 The Salon Los Angeles had been crowded every weekend since 1937 with couples twirling to mambo, cha-cha-cha, salsa and danzon. Dallas News, "Coronavirus shutdown threatens Mexico City’s storied dance halls," 9 Sep. 2020 The Salon Los Angeles had been crowded every weekend since 1937 with couples twirling to mambo, cha-cha-cha, salsa and danzon. Mark Stevenson, Star Tribune, "Coronavirus shutdown threatens Mexico's storied dance halls," 8 Sep. 2020 This past weekend, the dance hall was reduced to holding bake sales and a craft fair and asking for sponsors to save the venue where Cuban musicians like Pérez Prado and Beny Moré helped popularize mambo. Dallas News, "Coronavirus shutdown threatens Mexico City’s storied dance halls," 9 Sep. 2020 This past weekend, the dance hall was reduced to holding bake sales and a craft fair and asking for sponsors to save the venue where Cuban musicians like Pérez Prado and Beny Moré helped popularize mambo. Dallas News, "Coronavirus shutdown threatens Mexico City’s storied dance halls," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of mambo

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mambo

American Spanish

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Last Updated

23 Jan 2021

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“Mambo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mambo. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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mambo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mambo

: a lively dance originally from Cuba
: the music for the mambo

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