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bossa nova

[ bos-uh-noh-vuh, baw-suh ]
/ ˈbɒs ə ˈnoʊ və, ˈbɔ sə /
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noun
jazz-influenced music of Brazilian origin, rhythmically related to the samba.
a dance performed to this music.
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Origin of bossa nova

1960–65; <Portuguese: literally, new tendency, leaning

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British Dictionary definitions for bossa nova

bossa nova
/ (ˈbɒsə ˈnəʊvə) /

noun
a dance similar to the samba, originating in Brazil
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance

Word Origin for bossa nova

C20: Portuguese, literally: new voice
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