from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dance of Latin American origin, resembling the rumba.
  • n. The syncopated music for this dance in 4/4 time.
  • intransitive v. To perform this dance.

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  • n. A Latin-American musical genre originating from Cuba in the 1940s.
  • n. A fast-paced Latin American dance inspired by mambo music.
  • v. To perform this dance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. dance a mambo
  • n. a Latin American dance similar in rhythm to the rumba


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

American Spanish, from mamboo, wooden cane, percussion instrument.

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Cuban Spanish, from Kongo mambo ("conversation with the Gods").


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