cha-cha

[ chah-chah ]
/ ˈtʃɑˌtʃɑ /
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noun, plural cha-chas.

a fast ballroom dance of Latin American origin, similar to the mambo, that follows a rhythmic pattern based upon a quick three-step movement.

verb (used without object), cha-chaed, cha-cha·ing.

to dance the cha-cha.

Nearby words

  1. ch.,
  2. ch. j.,
  3. ch.b.,
  4. ch.e.,
  5. cha,
  6. cha-cha-cha,
  7. chabazite,
  8. chablis,
  9. chabouk,
  10. chabrier

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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Examples from the Web for cha-cha

  • Although not everyone can throw on a sequined jumpsuit and cha-cha their way back to financial security.

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  • He goes into the clubs—the pole joints and the cha-cha places—with his crew of locals to seek out subjects for his pictures.

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

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  • 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

cha-cha

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper