- 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.
- to dance the rumba.
Origin of rumba
Examples from the Web for rumba
Henry's teeth already were chattering like the gourds in a rumba band.Henry Horn's X-Ray Eye Glasses
Dwight V. Swain
- 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 and History for rumba
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.