samba

noun sam·ba \ ˈsam-bə , ˈsäm- \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

Definition of samba

: a Brazilian dance of African origin with a basic pattern of step-close-step-close and characterized by a dip and spring upward at each beat of the music; also : the music for this dance

samba

intransitive verb

Examples of samba in a Sentence

  1. The band played a samba.

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Origin and Etymology of samba

Portuguese


SAMBA Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of samba for English Language Learners

  • : a lively Brazilian dance; also : the music for this dance


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