bossa nova

[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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bossa nova

bossa nova


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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Word Origin and History for bossa nova

1962, Brazilian style of music, from Portuguese, literally "new tendency."

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