[ sam-buh, sahm- ]
/ ˈsæm bə, ˈsɑm- /
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noun, plural sam·bas.
a rhythmic, Brazilian ballroom dance of African origin.
verb (used without object), sam·baed, sam·ba·ing.
to dance the samba.
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Origin of samba

First recorded in 1885; from Portuguese, of African origin, possibly Kongo semba, the name of a dance
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British Dictionary definitions for samba

/ (ˈsæmbə) /

noun plural -bas
a lively modern ballroom dance from Brazil in bouncy duple time
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
verb -bas, -baing or -baed
(intr) to perform such a dance

Word Origin for samba

Portuguese, of African origin
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