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tango

[ tang-goh ]
/ ˈtæŋ goʊ /
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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.
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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)

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 forms of tango

tangoist, noun

Word Origin for tango

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

British Dictionary definitions for tango (2 of 2)

Tango
/ (ˈtæŋɡəʊ) /

noun
communications a code word for the letter t
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Cultural definitions for tango

tango

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

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