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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.
Also, cha-cha-cha.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; < American Spanish (Cuban) cha-cha-cha, probably imitative of the musical accompaniment
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British Dictionary definitions for cha-cha-cha

cha-cha-cha

/ˌtʃɑːtʃɑːˈtʃɑː/
noun
1.
a Latin-American ballroom dance with small steps and swaying hip movements
2.
a piece of music composed for this dance
verb (intransitive)
3.
to perform this dance
Word Origin
C20: from American (Cuban) Spanish
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Word Origin and History for cha-cha-cha

cha-cha

n.

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

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