[ kong-guh ]
/ ˈkɒŋ gə /
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noun, plural con·gas.
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.
verb (used without object), con·gaed, con·ga·ing.
to dance a conga.
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Origin of conga

Borrowed into English from Cuban Spanish around 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for conga

/ (ˈkɒŋɡə) /

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
verb -gas, -gaing or -gaed
(intr) to dance the conga

Word Origin for conga

C20: from American Spanish, feminine of congo belonging to the Congo
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