- a fast ballroom dance of Caribbean origin, rhythmically similar to the rumba and cha-cha but having a more complex pattern of steps.
- to dance the mambo.
Origin of mambo
Examples from the Web for mambo
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Thus sometimes the Molimo, or priest of Munwali, and the Mambo or chief were different persons.
"The white gold-seeker does not believe in spirits, and he defies them," Mambo repeated in his sing-song voice.
- a modern Latin American dance, resembling the rumba, derived from the ritual dance of voodoo
- a voodoo priestess
- (intr) to perform this dance
Word Origin and History for mambo
popular dance (like the rhumba but livelier), September 1948, from American Spanish mambo, said by Webster to be from Haitian creole word for "voodoo priestess."