sam·​ba | \ ˈsam-bə How to pronounce samba (audio) , ˈsäm- How to pronounce samba (audio) \

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

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Other Words from samba

samba intransitive verb

Examples of samba in a Sentence

The band played a samba.
Recent Examples on the Web At preseason camp, Gallese lugged it onto golf carts and into team dinners, always returning to the samba anthem. Julia Poe,, 16 Apr. 2021 At some point during the long, numbing stretch of time that characterized most of last year, a friend reached out to reminisce about going to see a group of samba musicians on the street in São Paulo, Brazil. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2021 In the coming weeks Victor meets my friends for pumpkin carving and samba lessons. Anastasia Garcia, Glamour, 11 Mar. 2021 Elderly Black women dressed in all white known as Bahianas usually wash the avenue before the parades to summon good energies for the public and the samba schools that stage the spectacle. Star Tribune, 7 Feb. 2021 The samba school's seamstresses, who had sewn medical gowns, finished the costume prototypes for each of the parade's 27 sections. David Biller, Star Tribune, 10 Nov. 2020 The heads of the city’s leading samba organizations found that without a vaccine, conditions would not be safe. Manuela Andreoni, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2020 Judging by Monday’s super samba, the Bachelorette should start workshopping some fresh ink designs. Lynette Rice,, 20 Oct. 2020 Nearly all samba schools are linked to working-class neighborhoods around the Rio's metropolitan region and compete against each other in the glitzy Carnival parade. David Biller, Star Tribune, 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of samba

1885, in the meaning defined above

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25 Apr 2021

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“Samba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of samba

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

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