sam·​ba ˈsam-bə How to pronounce samba (audio) ˈsäm- How to pronounce samba (audio)
: 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

The band played a samba.
Recent Examples on the Web Cantar sums up the ethos of música popular Brasileira: a strong samba foundation garnished liberally with sprinkles of reggae, rock, folk, you-name-it. Ernesto Lechner, SPIN, 16 Apr. 2024 And a little bit of Jazz, mostly cool jazz and Brazilian jazz/samba these days. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 15 Mar. 2024 Come evening, the space transforms into a fiery Latin American experience serving the flavors of Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Argentina to the rhythms of samba and tango. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 12 Feb. 2024 Rising easily to the challenge, however, is the city's music, from the orchestral visions of Villa Lobos to the rich tradition of samba, with its roots in Afro-Brazilian culture and religion. Tom Yarwood, theweek, 7 Jan. 2024 Wearing a Pantene t-shirt and white jeans, the model hung out with other partygoers while the Imperio Serrano samba school members performed during a parade on the first night of Carnival. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2023 The show includes sounds of Brazilian samba, 1930s Cuban dance music and Parisian cafe tunes. Steven Vargas, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2023 In the redemption round, Gomez and Mraz were both assigned to do foxtrots, while the reality star drew the samba. Anna Chan, Billboard, 6 Dec. 2023 The samba, the rhumba, the salsa, a little foxtrot, a little hip-hop, and a little cha-cha-cha. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Aug. 2023

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Word History



First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of samba was in 1885

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“Samba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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