Definition of mambo
: a ballroom dance of Cuban origin that resembles the rumba and the cha-cha; also : the music for this dance
Examples of mambo in a sentence
They learned to dance the mambo.
The band played a mambo.
Origin and Etymology of mambo
First Known Use: 1946
MAMBO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mambo for English Language Learners
: a lively dance originally from Cuba
: the music for the mambo
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