- a dance, Cuban in origin and complex in rhythm.
- an imitation or adaptation of this dance in the U.S.
- music for this dance or in its rhythm.
- to dance the rumba.
Origin of rumba
Related Words for rhumbadisco, waltz, rock, samba, tango, tap, skip, jump, shimmy, trip, caper, jig, leap, hop, frolic, sway, cavort, hustle, whirl, strut
Examples from the Web for rhumba
Historical Examples of rhumba
Everybody had joined the first couple in the rhumba, making the scene more hilarious by not having any clothes on at all.Hookers
Richard F. Mann
- a variant spelling of rumba
- a rhythmic and syncopated Cuban dance in duple time
- a ballroom dance derived from this
- a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin for rumba
1919, from Cuban Spanish rumba, originally "spree, carousal," derived from Spanish rumbo "spree, party," earlier "ostentation, pomp, leadership," perhaps originally "the course of a ship," from rombo "rhombus," in reference to the compass, which is marked with a rhombus. The verb is recorded from 1932. Related: Rumbaed; rumbaing.