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 Think of it as sparkling glam-rap mambo funk, if that helps. John Adamian,, "Funk pop’s Cimafunk returning to Real Art Ways for free concert," 14 Aug. 2019 Arsenio Rodriguez Project: Cuban composer and tres master Arsenio Rodriguez was a foundational figure in son and mambo who reshaped the Havana music scene in the 1940s. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "10 top acts highlight the 30th San Jose Jazz summer fest," 30 July 2019 Orquesta Akokán is an ensemble of mambo reminiscent of Benny Moré, Pérez Prado and Banda Gigante of the 1940s and ’50s. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Golf tournament raises money for The Elizabeth Hospice," 24 June 2019 DJ Markoz Project directed the dance floor with salsa, merengue, mambo and more. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Rumba with Pride celebrates Houston's Latin LGBT community," 7 June 2019 These Havana natives perform fluent, easy mambo and son cubano that transports listeners to not just another place, but another time. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 In the Caribbean, drums were also used in religious rituals, which evolved into dance rhythms, like the Cuban son, mambo, chachacha and danzón. Deborah Ramírez, miamiherald, "Eddie Palmieri brings his 'Wisdom' to Miami's Olympia Theater | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Zoomba at the Zoo is a 90-minute dance/aerobic workout class, featuring salsa, merengue, mambo and hip-hop. Rianne Coale, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 18 May 2017 Yemen Blues Ravid Kahalani's Yemen Blues brings a polyglot mix of music from Yemen and West Africa, with inspirations of contemporary grooves, from funk to mambo, and the deep soul of old chants. Laura Demarco,, "Cleveland Museum of art announces 2018 Solstice performers, ticket info," 2 May 2018

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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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The first known use of mambo was in 1946

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English Language Learners Definition of mambo

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

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