tango

[ tang-goh ]
/ ˈtæŋ goʊ /

noun, plural tan·gos.

a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin, danced by couples, and having many varied steps, figures, and poses.
music for this dance.
a word used in communications to represent the letter T.

verb (used without object), tan·goed, tan·go·ing.

to dance the tango.

Nearby words

  1. tangka,
  2. tangle,
  3. tangleberry,
  4. tangled,
  5. tanglewood,
  6. tangor,
  7. tangoreceptor,
  8. tangram,
  9. tangshan,
  10. tanguy

Origin of tango

1910–15; < American Spanish < ?

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British Dictionary definitions for tango

tango

/ (ˈtæŋɡəʊ) /

noun plural -gos

a Latin American dance in duple time, characterized by long gliding steps and sudden pauses
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance

verb -goes, -going or -goed

(intr) to perform this dance
Derived Formstangoist, noun

Word Origin for tango

C20: from American Spanish, probably of Niger-Congo origin; compare Ibibio tamgu to dance

Tango

/ (ˈtæŋɡəʊ) /

noun

communications a code word for the letter t
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Word Origin and History for tango

tango

n.

syncopated ballroom dance, 1913, from Argentine Spanish tango, originally the name of an African-American drum dance, probably from a Niger-Congo language (cf. Ibibio tamgu "to dance"). Phrase it takes two to tango was a song title from 1952.

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Culture definitions for tango

tango

A sensual ballroom dance that originated in South America in the early twentieth century.

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