[ mahm-boh ]
/ ˈmɑm boʊ /
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noun, plural mam·bos.
a fast ballroom dance of Caribbean origin, rhythmically similar to the rumba and cha-cha but having a more complex pattern of steps.
verb (used without object)
to dance the mambo.
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Origin of mambo

First recorded in 1935–40; from Caribbean Spanish (Cuba), from Haitian Creole manbo “ritual dance; Vodou priestess”; perhaps from Kongo màmbu, plural of diàmbu “ritual negotiation, message”
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British Dictionary definitions for mambo

/ (ˈmæmbəʊ) /

noun plural -bos
a modern Latin American dance, resembling the rumba, derived from the ritual dance of voodoo
a voodoo priestess
verb -bos, -boing or -boed
(intr) to perform this dance

Word Origin for mambo

American Spanish, probably from Haitian Creole: voodoo priestess
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