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[ruhm-buh, roo m-, room-] /ˈrʌm bə, ˈrʊm-, ˈrum-/
noun, plural rhumbas
[ruhm-buh z, roo m-, room-] /ˈrʌm bəz, ˈrʊm-, ˈrum-/ (Show IPA),
verb (used without object), rhumbaed
[ruhm-buh d, roo m-, room-] /ˈrʌm bəd, ˈrʊm-, ˈrum-/ (Show IPA),
[ruhm-buh-ing, roo m-, room-] /ˈrʌm bə ɪŋ, ˈrʊm-, ˈrum-/ (Show IPA)
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British Dictionary definitions for rhumba


/ˈrʌmbə; ˈrʊm-/
noun (pl) -bas
a variant spelling of rumba


/ˈrʌmbə; ˈrʊm-/
a rhythmic and syncopated Cuban dance in duple time
a ballroom dance derived from this
a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin
C20: from Spanish: lavish display, of uncertain origin
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Encyclopedia Article for rhumba

ballroom dance of Afro-Cuban folk-dance origin that became internationally popular in the early 20th century. Best known for the dancers' subtle side to side hip movements with the torso erect, the rumba is danced with a basic pattern of two quick side steps and a slow forward step. Three steps are executed to each bar. The music, in 44 time, has an insistent syncopation.

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