noun, plural mambos.
a fast ballroom dance of Caribbean origin, rhythmically similar to the rumba and cha-cha but having a more complex pattern of steps.
verb (used without object)
to dance the mambo.

1945–50; < American Spanish Unabridged
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mambo (ˈmæmbəʊ)
n , pl -bos
1.  a modern Latin American dance, resembling the rumba, derived from the ritual dance of voodoo
2.  a voodoo priestess
vb , -bos, -bos, -boing, -boed
3.  (intr) to perform this dance
[American Spanish, probably from Haitian Creole: voodoo priestess]

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Word Origin & History

popular dance (like the rhumba but livelier), 1948, from Amer.Sp. mambo, said to be from Haitian creole word for "voodoo priestess."
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Example sentences
If he could set his shrug to music, he could become king of the mambo beat.
Learn to tell your cha cha cha from your mambo without leaving your couch.
Turn, tumble, spin and mambo your way through the last week of summer.
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