[mak-seeks; Portuguese mah-shee-shi]

noun, plural max·ix·es [mak-seek-suh z; Portuguese mah-shee-shis] /mækˈsik səz; Portuguese mɑˈʃi ʃɪs/.

a ballroom dance originating in Brazil, in moderate duple measure with syncopated rhythms.

Origin of maxixe

1910–15; < Brazilian Portuguese: literally, West Indian gherkin (allegedly a name given to a Carnival figure, from which the dance took its name), said to be < Kimbundu Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maxixe

Historical Examples of maxixe

  • She placed a Maxixe record on the Victrola that stood by the piano; then she held out her arms to him.

    The Wall Street Girl

    Frederick Orin Bartlett

British Dictionary definitions for maxixe



a Brazilian dance in duple time, a precursor of the tango

Word Origin for maxixe

from Brazilian Portuguese
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