Definition of rumba
: a ballroom dance of Cuban origin in 2⁄4 or 4⁄4 time with a basic pattern of step-close-step and marked by a delayed transfer of weight and pronounced hip movements; also : the music for this dance
Examples of rumba in a sentence
The band played a rumba.
Variants of rumba
Origin and Etymology of rumba
First Known Use: 1916
RUMBA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rumba for English Language Learners
: a type of dance originally from Cuba in which dancers move their hips a lot
: the music for a rumba
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