[ 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.

  1. 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

First recorded in 1910–15; from Latin American Spanish, possibly from a Niger-Congo language such as Ibibio tamgu “to dance”

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British Dictionary definitions for tango (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtæŋɡəʊ) /

nounplural -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

Origin of tango

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

Derived forms of tango

  • tangoist, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Tango (2 of 2)


/ (ˈtæŋɡəʊ) /

  1. communications a code word for the letter t

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Cultural definitions for tango


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

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