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

Other Words from samba

samba intransitive verb

Examples of samba in a Sentence

The band played a samba.
Recent Examples on the Web Accordingly, Abdelinho speaks Portuguese and dances the samba. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 10 May 2022 Of the 12 samba schools that participated, eight chose themes dealing with Afro-Brazilian culture or racial injustice, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP). Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Apr. 2022 The pandemic upended these samba schools' way of life for two years. David Biller And Mauricio Savarese, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2022 This feeling of gratitude toward a samba school community is also shared by Neves, the carnival researcher. Beatriz Miranda,, 19 Apr. 2022 For all its sprinklings of pixie dust — a wiggly scorpion samba, a cyclone of flying pastries — the movie is often disconcertingly adult, and at the same time, largely unconcerned with welcoming in viewers not already steeped in the mythology. Leah Greenblatt,, 7 Apr. 2022 Rio, known for its elaborate Carnival celebrations, has canceled the informal street parades that typically accompany its official samba parade and competition. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 12 Jan. 2022 Out front, the cobblestone alley was packed with unmasked revelers, swaying and singing around a makeshift samba band. Jack Nicas,, 4 Dec. 2021 Out front, the cobblestone alley was packed with unmasked revelers, swaying and singing around a makeshift samba band. Jack Nicas,, 4 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of samba

1885, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jun 2022

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“Samba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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