samba

[ sam-buh, sahm- ]
/ ˈsæm bə, ˈsɑm- /

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

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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