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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: syncopated music in duple time for dancing the rumba [syn: rumba, rhumba]
2: a folk dance in duple time that originated in Cuba with Spanish and African elements; features complex footwork and violent movement [syn: rumba, rhumba]
3: a ballroom dance based on the Cuban folk dance [syn: rumba, rhumba] v
1: dance the rhumba [syn: rhumba, rumba]

Merriam Webster's

also rhumba noun Etymology: American Spanish Date: 1916 a ballroom dance of Cuban origin in 2/4 or 4/4 time with a basic pattern of step-close-step and marked by a delayed transfer of weight and pronounced hip movements; also the music for this dance

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. (also rhumba) --n. 1 a Cuban Negro dance. 2 a a ballroom dance imitative of this. b the music for it. --v.tr. (rumbas, rumbaed or rumba'd, rumbaing) dance the rumba. Etymology: Amer. Sp.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(rumbas) The rumba is a popular dance that comes from Cuba, or the music that the dance is performed to. N-COUNT: oft the N



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