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habanera

[hah-buh-nair-uh or, often, -nyair-uh] /ˌhɑ bəˈnɛər ə or, often, -ˈnyɛər ə/
noun
1.
a dance of Cuban origin.
2.
the music for this dance, having a slow duple meter and a rhythm similar to that of a tango.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Spanish (danza) habanera (dance) of Havana
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British Dictionary definitions for habanera

habanera

/ˌhæbəˈnɛərə/
noun
1.
a slow Cuban dance in duple time
2.
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
from Spanish danza habanera dance from Havana
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Word Origin and History for habanera

Habanera

n.

type of Cuban dance, 1878, literally "of Havana;" see Havana.

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