[ lahm-bah-duh, ‐dah ]
/ lɑmˈbɑ də, ‐dɑ /

noun, plural lam·ba·das.

a Brazilian ballroom dance for couples, with gyrating movements and close interlocking of the partners.
music for this dance.

Origin of lambada

1985–90; < Brazilian Portuguese; Portuguese: a whipping, equivalent to lamb(ar) to whip, lash + -ada -ade1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for lambada

/ (læmˈbɑːdə) /


an erotic dance, originating in Brazil, performed by two people who hold each other closely and gyrate their hips in synchronized movements
the music that accompanies the lambada, combining salsa, calypso, and reggae

Word Origin for lambada

C20: from Portuguese, literally: the snapping of a whip
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