cha-cha-cha

cha-cha

[chah-chah]
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:
1950–55; < American Spanish (Cuban) cha-cha-cha, probably imitative of the musical accompaniment

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cha-cha-cha or cha-cha (ˌtʃɑːtʃɑːˈtʃɑː)
 
n
1.  a Latin-American ballroom dance with small steps and swaying hip movements
2.  a piece of music composed for this dance
 
vb
3.  to perform this dance
 
[C20: from American (Cuban) Spanish]
 
cha-cha or cha-cha
 
n
 
vb
 
[C20: from American (Cuban) Spanish]

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cha-cha
"type of Latin-American ballroom dance," 1954, echoic of the music.
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