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cha-cha

or cha-cha-cha

[chah-chah] /ˈtʃɑˌtʃɑ/
noun, plural cha-chas.
1.
a fast ballroom dance of Latin American origin, similar to the mambo, that follows a rhythmic pattern based upon a quick three-step movement.
verb (used without object), cha-chaed, cha-chaing.
2.
to dance the cha-cha.
Origin of cha-cha
1950-1955
1950-55; < American Spanish (Cuban) cha-cha-cha, probably imitative of the musical accompaniment
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  • cha-cha was exceedingly desirous that I should accept his hospitality.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • The power of this man among the natives is well-known; it far exceeded that of cha-cha, of whom I have already spoken.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
Word Origin and History for cha-cha
n.

also cha-cha-cha, type of Latin-American 3-beat ballroom dance, 1954, echoic of the music.

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