- a Cuban ballroom dance that consists of three steps forward followed by a kick, characteristically performed by a group following a leader in a single line.
- the music for this dance.
- Also called conga drum. a tall, conical, Afro-Cuban drum played with the hands.
- to dance a conga.
Origin of conga
Borrowed into English from Cuban Spanish around 1930–35
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Examples from the Web for conga
But the minute you file, the conga line dancing up the street to your competitors really gets going.Big Losses, Bigger Paychecks
November 19, 2012
By now, everyone has seen the startling photos and video of the conga line of climbers ascending Everest earlier this month.Mount Everest Suffers From Too Many Climbers and Deteriorating Conditions
May 23, 2012
As the last of a conga line of doctors administering to Jackson, he is the most logical loser of smoking gun musical chairs.Jacko's Lethal Injection?
July 26, 2009
That man has been following me like a conga partner all afternoon.Death Makes A Mistake
- a Latin American dance of three steps and a kick to each bar, usually performed by a number of people in single file
- Also called: conga drum a large tubular bass drum, used chiefly in Latin American and funk music and played with the hands
- (intr) to dance the conga
C20: from American Spanish, feminine of congo belonging to the Congo
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Word Origin and History for conga
1935, American Spanish, fem. of (danza) Congo "Congo (dance);" so called because it was assumed to be of African origin.
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