a dance of Cuban origin.
the music for this dance, having a slow duple meter and a rhythm similar to that of a tango.
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How to use habanera in a sentence
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 Tango is in 2-4, played in moderately slow tempo; its rhythm is also adapted for the habanera.The Art of Stage Dancing | Ned Wayburn
Alvarado dances the habanera with the dancing-girl Chiquita.The Complete Opera Book | Gustav Kobb
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 | Richard Davey
He was wakeful and that wretched habanera kept throbbing in his head.Five Tales | John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for habanera
a slow Cuban dance in duple time
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
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