tango

[tang-goh]
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noun, plural tan·gos.
  1. a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin, danced by couples, and having many varied steps, figures, and poses.
  2. music for this dance.
  3. a word used in communications to represent the letter T.
verb (used without object), tan·goed, tan·go·ing.
  1. to dance the tango.

Origin of tango

1910–15; < American Spanish < ?
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Examples from the Web for tango

Contemporary Examples of tango

Historical Examples of tango

  • It isn't a Bunny Hug or Tango, or anything distracting for lookers-on.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • The following Sunday three of the Carthage preachers attacked the tango.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • The tango was upon the world like a Mississippi at flood-time.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • I was saying that Prue is too fine a girl to be allowed to mingle with that tango set.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • In the towns smaller than Carthage the anxiety for the tango fermented.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes


British Dictionary definitions for tango

tango

noun plural -gos
  1. a Latin American dance in duple time, characterized by long gliding steps and sudden pauses
  2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
verb -goes, -going or -goed
  1. (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

noun
  1. communications a code word for the letter t
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Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tango in Culture

tango

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

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