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mambo

[mahm-boh] /ˈmɑm boʊ/
noun, plural mambos.
1.
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)
2.
to dance the mambo.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; < American Spanish
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Examples from the web for mambo
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for mambo

mambo

/ˈmæmbəʊ/
noun (pl) -bos
1.
a modern Latin American dance, resembling the rumba, derived from the ritual dance of voodoo
2.
a voodoo priestess
verb -bos, -boing, -boed
3.
(intransitive) to perform this dance
Word Origin
American Spanish, probably from Haitian Creole: voodoo priestess
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Word Origin and History for mambo
n.

popular dance (like the rhumba but livelier), September 1948, from American Spanish mambo, said by Webster to be from Haitian creole word for "voodoo priestess."

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