[bos-uh noh-vuh, baw-suh]
- jazz-influenced music of Brazilian origin, rhythmically related to the samba.
- a dance performed to this music.
Origin of bossa nova
1960–65; < Portuguese: literally, new tendency, leaning
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- a dance similar to the samba, originating in Brazil
- a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
C20: Portuguese, literally: new voice
Word Origin and History for bossa nova
1962, Brazilian style of music, from Portuguese, literally "new tendency."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper