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tango

noun tan·go \ ˈtaŋ-(ˌ)gō \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of tango

plural tangos
1 :a ballroom dance of Latin American origin in ²/₄ time with a basic pattern of step-step-step-step-close and characterized by long pauses and stylized body positions; also :the music for this dance
2 :interaction marked by a lack of straightforwardness
  • the suspect's tango with police

Examples of tango in a Sentence

  1. The band played a tango.

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Origin and Etymology of tango

American Spanish


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tango

verb

Definition of tango

intransitive verb
:to dance the tango

Examples of tango in a Sentence

  1. He's trying to learn how to tango.

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First Known Use of tango

1913


Tango

communications code word

Definition of Tango

used as a code word for the letter t

First Known Use of tango

1952


TANGO Defined for English Language Learners

tango

noun

Definition of tango for English Language Learners

  • : a Latin-American dance in which couples make long pauses in difficult positions; also : the music used for this dance


tango

verb

Definition of tango for English Language Learners

  • : to dance the tango


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