rum·​ba | \ ˈrəm-bə How to pronounce rumba (audio) , ˈru̇m-, ˈrüm- \
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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.
Recent Examples on the Web For those 18 and older who love rumba, live music and a DJ will set the scene for a night of dancing from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Nadia Cantú, The Arizona Republic, 3 Mar. 2022 Her curated list of music videos from around the world that lives on her website is an education in global pleasure-seeking, bodily variety and sheer weirdness, with examples of everything from Iraqi heavy metal to Congolese rumba. New York Times, 1 Dec. 2021 Shumpert and Karagach followed up the first week with a rumba, and the judges warmed up. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 Next, Brian Austin Green and his partner, girlfriend Sharna Burgess' rumba got a 23 out of 40. Karen Mizoguchi,, 27 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, Brian and pro/girlfriend Sharna Burgess did the rumba and were rewarded 23 out of 40 for their score, a point lower than Kenya. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 3 Oct. 2021 Country star Jimmie Allen danced the rumba to his own song with partner Emma Slater for a 27 out of 40. Karen Mizoguchi,, 27 Sep. 2021 Tom can quote Rilke and dance the rumba, whip up brunch and a rose-petal bath, but so what? Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2021 Prior to the revolution, Cuba had been a very popular vacation destination for more affluent Americans who brought cha-cha, mambo and rumba music back with them to North America. Julian Voloj,, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of rumba

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rumba

American Spanish

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“Rumba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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