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.
Recent Examples of mambo from the Web
The Ladew lineup includes a wide range of musical styles, from Latin band Mambo Combo to roots group Charm City Junction.
Orkesta Mendoza Led by singer and guitarist Sergio Mendoza, the Latin music band plays cumbia, mambo and mariachi with a mix of indie rock. 8 p.m. Amp by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.
Mr. Allman’s rolling piano riff is part gospel, part Mardi Gras mambo, and his lyrics fight their way out of mourning toward gratitude for being alive as Dickey Betts’s slide guitar pushes ahead.
Nowadays, most proms are held in hotel ballrooms, which are convenient for those who want to slip upstairs and do a little horizontal mambo.
Like bebop and early rock ’n’ roll, midcentury mambo and what would eventually become known as salsa will always bear the aspirational residue of their time.
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Origin and Etymology of mambo
First Known Use: 1946See Words from the same year
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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