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noun, plural cha-chas.
  1. a fast ballroom dance of Latin American origin, similar to the mambo, that follows a rhythmic pattern based upon a quick three-step movement.
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verb (used without object), cha-chaed, cha-cha·ing.
  1. to dance the cha-cha.
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Also cha-cha-cha.

Origin of cha-cha

1950–55; < American Spanish (Cuban) cha-cha-cha, probably imitative of the musical accompaniment
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Historical Examples of cha-cha

  • Cha-cha was exceedingly desirous that I should accept his hospitality.

    Captain Canot

    Brantz Mayer

  • The power of this man among the natives is well-known; it far exceeded that of Cha-cha, of whom I have already spoken.

    Captain Canot

    Brantz Mayer

Word Origin and History for cha-cha


also cha-cha-cha, type of Latin-American 3-beat ballroom dance, 1954, echoic of the music.

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