- a fast ballroom dance of Latin American origin, similar to the mambo, that follows a rhythmic pattern based upon a quick three-step movement.
- to dance the 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.March 7: 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk
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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.Baryshnikov Unbound
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May 17, 2009
Cha-cha was exceedingly desirous that I should accept his hospitality.
The power of this man among the natives is well-known; it far exceeded that of Cha-cha, of whom I have already spoken.
Word Origin and History for cha-cha
also cha-cha-cha, type of Latin-American 3-beat ballroom dance, 1954, echoic of the music.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper