rhumba [ ruhm-b uh, r-, oo m room-] Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun, plural rhum·bas , [ ruhm-b uh z, r-, oo m room-] /ˈrʌm bəz, ˈrʊm-, ˈrum-/ verb (used without object), rhum·baed , [ ruhm-b uh d, r-, oo m room-] /ˈrʌm bəd, ˈrʊm-, ˈrum-/ rhum·ba·ing . [ ruhm-b uh-ing, r-, oo m room-] /ˈrʌm bə ɪŋ, ˈrʊm-, ˈrum-/ rumba. rumba or rhum·ba [ ruhm-b uh, r-, oo m room-] noun, plural rum·bas . [ ruhm-b uh z, r-, oo m room-] /ˈrʌm bəz, ˈrʊm-, ˈrum-/ a dance, Cuban in origin and complex in rhythm. an imitation or adaptation of this dance in the U.S. music for this dance or in its rhythm. verb (used without object), rum·baed , [ ruhm-b uh d, r-, oo m room-] /ˈrʌm bəd, ˈrʊm-, ˈrum-/ rum·ba·ing . [ ruhm-b uh-ing, r-, oo m room-] /ˈrʌm bə ɪŋ, ˈrʊm-, ˈrum-/ to dance the rumba. Origin of rumba
Borrowed into English from
American Spanish around 1920–25
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for rhumba Historical Examples Everybody had joined the first couple in the rhumba, making the scene more hilarious by not having any clothes on at all. British Dictionary definitions for rhumba a variant spelling of rumba a rhythmic and syncopated Cuban dance in duple time a ballroom dance derived from this a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance Word Origin
C20: from Spanish: lavish display, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for rhumba rumba n.
1919, from Cuban Spanish
rumba, originally "spree, carousal," derived from Spanish rumbo "spree, party," earlier "ostentation, pomp, leadership," perhaps originally "the course of a ship," from rombo "rhombus," in reference to the compass, which is marked with a rhombus. The verb is recorded from 1932. Related: Rumbaed; rumbaing.
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