- a rhythmic, Brazilian ballroom dance of African origin.
- to dance the samba.
Origin of samba
Examples from the Web for samba
“We want her to appear with the Samba band and come on and say ‘Shut the ---- up’,” one of the organisers explained.Dame Helen Mirren: One Loves Drummers, Just Not Outside A Theatre
May 7, 2013
Behind the samba beat, the country remains deeply polarized at home, in politics, and in the pews.Brazil’s Surge in Violence Against Gays Is Just Getting Worse
April 8, 2012
It was none other than comic Margaret Cho, dancing a samba to the story of “pride.”Best Moments From Dancing With the Stars
Sujay Kumar, The Daily Beast Video
October 5, 2010
The Woz busted a move—and who knows what else—doing “the worm” in the middle of a samba routine in Season Nine.11 Most Awkward Dancing Stars
The Daily Beast Video
August 17, 2009
BREAKOUT MOMENT: Shaking her hips—Elvis be damned—during a too-hot-for-prime time samba with partner Helio Castroneves in 2007.Breakout Blondes
May 26, 2009
The years passed away, and Samba had become a tall and strong youth.The Olive Fairy Book
Samba lang tung pagkaigúa, It was pure luck that you hit it.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan
John U. Wolff
Samba seemed to find his way by instinct over the uneven ground.
Samba had but to stretch out his hand to make prisoners of what he chose.
Samba did not suspect at first that these men were connected with those he sought.
- a lively modern ballroom dance from Brazil in bouncy duple time
- a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
- (intr) to perform such a dance
Word Origin and History for samba
Brazilian dance of African origin, 1885, Zemba, from Portuguese samba, shortened form of zambacueca, a type of dance, probably altered (by influence of zamacueco "stupid") from zambapalo, the name of a grotesque dance, itself an alteration of zampapalo "stupid man," from zamparse "to bump, crash." As a verb from 1949.