follow Dictionary.com

What does Boxing Day have to do with boxing?

bossa nova

[bos-uh noh-vuh, baw-suh] /ˈbɒs ə ˈnoʊ və, ˈbɔ sə/
noun
1.
jazz-influenced music of Brazilian origin, rhythmically related to the samba.
2.
a dance performed to this music.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; < Portuguese: literally, new tendency, leaning
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for bossa nova

bossa nova

/ˈbɒsə ˈnəʊvə/
noun
1.
a dance similar to the samba, originating in Brazil
2.
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
C20: Portuguese, literally: new voice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for bossa nova

1962, Brazilian style of music, from Portuguese, literally "new tendency."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for bossa nova

Brazilian popular music that evolved in the late 1950s from a union of samba (a Brazilian dance and music) and cool jazz. The music is in syncopated 24 time. The composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and the guitarist Joao Gilberto may be considered the founders of this style, which was considered particularly characteristic of Brazilian culture and which in the mid-1960s began to be associated with movements of social protest. Instrumentation is varied and purposely simple, limited to a few rhythm instruments-e.g., guitar, berimbau (musical bow), drum, or a single-note piano accompaniment. In vocalized passages the musical background becomes more subdued to allow the singer greater range for improvisation. As a dance, the bossa nova differs little from the samba, requiring the same subtle body rhythm and two-step foot movement

Learn more about bossa nova with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bossa nova

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bossa

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bossa nova