bossa novae

bossa nova

[bos-uh noh-vuh, baw-suh]
noun
1.
jazz-influenced music of Brazilian origin, rhythmically related to the samba.
2.
a dance performed to this music.

Origin:
1960–65; < Portuguese: literally, new tendency, leaning

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bossa nova (ˈbɒsə ˈnəʊvə)
 
n
1.  a dance similar to the samba, originating in Brazil
2.  a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
 
[C20: Portuguese, literally: new voice]

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bossa nova
1962, Brazilian style of music, from Port., lit. "new tendency."
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