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[kong-guh] /ˈkɒŋ gə/
noun, plural congas.
a Cuban ballroom dance that consists of three steps forward followed by a kick, characteristically performed by a group following a leader in a single line.
the music for this dance.
Also called conga drum. a tall, conical, Afro-Cuban drum played with the hands.
verb (used without object), congaed, congaing.
to dance a conga.
Origin of conga
Cuban Spanish
1930-35; < Cuban Spanish Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for conga
  • As the show progresses, the cast prompt diners to toast the happy couple and join the conga line.
  • These sea creatures form underwater conga lines to get around.
  • Plena ensembles sometimes added a conga drum and a single maraca as well as a trumpet, clarinet or accordion.
  • As the evening wears on, the customers become the entertainment, often dancing on tables or forming conga lines.
British Dictionary definitions for conga


a Latin American dance of three steps and a kick to each bar, usually performed by a number of people in single file
Also called conga drum. a large tubular bass drum, used chiefly in Latin American and funk music and played with the hands
verb -gas, -gaing, -gaed
(intransitive) to dance the conga
Word Origin
C20: from American Spanish, feminine of congo belonging to the Congo
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Word Origin and History for conga

1935, American Spanish, fem. of (danza) Congo "Congo (dance);" so called because it was assumed to be of African origin.

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