- a dance of Cuban origin.
- the music for this dance, having a slow duple meter and a rhythm similar to that of a tango.
Origin of habanera
Examples from the Web for habanera
Historical Examples of habanera
He was wakeful and that wretched Habanera kept throbbing in his head.Five Tales
Alvarado dances the Habanera with the dancing-girl Chiquita.The Complete Opera Book
The Habanera went very well by being transposed half a tone higher; but the card-playing scene was another matter.Memoirs of an American Prima Donna
Clara Louise Kellogg
The lady sang with great spirit, and her rendering of la Paloma and of the Habanera from Carmen was simply perfect.Cuba Past and Present
The Tango is in 2-4, played in moderately slow tempo; its rhythm is also adapted for the Habanera.The Art of Stage Dancing
- a slow Cuban dance in duple time
- a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin for habanera
Word Origin and History for habanera
type of Cuban dance, 1878, literally "of Havana;" see Havana.