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

  • n. A Latin American ballroom dance in 2/4 or 4/4 time.
  • n. The music for this dance.
  • intransitive v. To perform this dance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Standard ballroom dance in 4/4 time; or a social dance, the Argentine tango.
  • n. The letter T in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
  • n. enemy, used amongst special police forces, derived from the abbreviation of target using the NATO phonetic alphabet.
  • n. A dark orange colour shade; deep tangerine
  • v. To dance the tango.
  • v. To handle, to flirt with, to deal with.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A difficult dance in two-four time characterized by graceful posturing, frequent pointing positions, and a great variety of steps, including the cross step and turning steps. The dance is of Spanish origin, and is believed to have been in its original form a part of the fandango.
  • n. Any of various popular forms derived from this.
  • n. a musical tune appropriate for this dance.

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

  • v. dance a tango
  • n. music written in duple time for dancing the tango
  • n. a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin


American Spanish, possibly of Niger-Congo origin; akin to Ibibio tamgu, to dance.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Argentine-Spanish tango, probably from a Niger-Congo language (compare Ibibio tamgu ("to dance")). (Wiktionary)


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  • Wow! Beautiful photos, sionnach!

    August 22, 2008

  • colores del tango

    August 22, 2008

  • You think I could omit this from my Buenos Aires list?
    Not just a member of the phonetic alphabet. So much more than that.

    August 14, 2008