rumba

play
noun rum·ba \ˈrəm-bə, ˈru̇m-, ˈrüm-\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of rumba

  1. :  a ballroom dance of Cuban origin in 24 or 44 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

  1. The band played a rumba.

Origin and Etymology of rumba

American Spanish


First Known Use: 1912


RUMBA Defined for English Language Learners

rumba

play
noun

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


Learn More about rumba


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up rumba? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to glide in or as if in an airplane

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!