- 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
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- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"sensual Brazilian dance," 1988, from Portuguese, said in some sources to be literally "a beating, a lashing." But others connect it ultimately to Latin lumbus "loin."
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