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

  • n. A dance of Cuban origin, combining complex footwork with a pronounced movement of the hips.
  • n. A modern ballroom adaptation of this dance.
  • n. Music for this dance or in this style.

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  • n. a slow-paced Cuban partner dance in 4:4 time
  • v. To dance the rumba.

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

  • n. syncopated music in duple time for dancing the rumba
  • n. a ballroom dance based on the Cuban folk dance
  • v. dance the rhumba
  • n. a folk dance in duple time that originated in Cuba with Spanish and African elements; features complex footwork and violent movement


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

American Spanish, from Spanish rumbo, ship's course, revelry, pomp; see rhumb.


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