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salsa

[ sahl-suh; Spanish sahl-sah ]
/ ˈsɑl sə; Spanish ˈsɑl sɑ /
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noun

Mexican Cooking. a hot sauce of tomatoes and chile peppers with onion and garlic, and sometimes seasoned with cumin or fresh cilantro, often used as a condiment or served as a dip.
a lively, vigorous type of contemporary Latin American popular music, blending predominantly Cuban rhythms with elements of jazz, rock, and soul music.
a ballroom dance of Puerto Rican origin, performed to this music, similar to the mambo, but faster with the accent on the first beat instead of the second beat of each measure.

verb (used without object)

to dance the salsa.

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Origin of salsa

First recorded in 1845–50, and in 1970–75 for defs. 2, 3; from American Spanish, Spanish: literally, “sauce”; the dance and music were probably so called originally because of the mixture of styles
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British Dictionary definitions for salsa

salsa
/ (ˈsælsə) /

noun

a type of Latin American big-band dance music
a dance performed to this kind of music
Mexican cookery a spicy tomato-based sauce

Word Origin for salsa

C20: from Spanish: sauce
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