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

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 It’s also the first time Bad Bunny has experimented fully with dembow and mambo, making both of these tracks even more attractive to those who prefer tropical music as opposed to urban. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 17 May 2022 Rhythm on the Plaza: Tuesday night concerts from 7 to 9 p.m. at Clifton Plaza will feature musicians and bands performing salsa, mambo and other rhythmic genres. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 12 May 2022 With a mix of Caribbean flavors such as dembow and mambo, electronic dance beats, and of course, perreo, the album was made for the summer. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 6 May 2022 The album is often as leisurely as a beach vacation, blending gentle dembow beats and twinkling production with sudden twists of mambo, house, and reggae. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 6 May 2022 In the dance at the gym, toward the end of the mambo section, there’s a musical passage that struck me as reckless and goofy. Tony Kushner, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2022 Tony goes to the dance at the gym where Jets, Sharks and Bernardo’s fiery love Anita (DeBose) take out their aggression via mambo. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 3 Dec. 2021 Robbins and illustrator Velasquez capture the mambo craze of the late 1940s and early 1950s, when New York's Palladium Ballroom disregarded color lines and welcomed people of different races dancing together. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Oct. 2021 Upcoming weeks include free salsa lessons and mambo DJs (Oct. 8) and dance demonstrations and bachata and merengue lessons (Oct. 15). Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Mambo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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