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
Examples of samba in a Sentence
The band played a samba.
Recent Examples of samba from the Web
This week, many people sounded off on the Facebook page of the samba schools guild.
Add to this show the joyful Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, who has an uncanny relationship with Brazilian music - especially the precursor to the samba, choro.
What makes his appearance even more special is that he'll be joined by John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton - masters of swinging in 4/4 but also totally in love with samba and bossa nova.
Mr. Zé uses instruments and rhythms from Brazilian tradition — the cavaquinho (small guitar) of samba, the accordion and triangle of forro — but gives every element a twist.
Regular games and activities include bingo, poker, setback, adult coloring, samba, bridge, knitters group, billiards, and cribbage.
Jennings had an off night on the samba early in the competition.
Cyrus Chestnut Trio The pianist blends contemporary and traditional jazz and gospel, plus Latin and samba. 8 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd.,
Community stars, including Assistant City Manager Jay Petrek and Palomar Health Foundation president Jean Larsen danced to the music of the tango, salsa, samba, cha cha and waltz in the center’s 1,500-seat auditorium.
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Origin and Etymology of samba
First Known Use: 1885See Words from the same year
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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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