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salsa

[sahl-suh; Spanish sahl-sah] /ˈsɑl sə; Spanish ˈsɑl sɑ/
noun
1.
a lively, vigorous type of contemporary Latin American popular music, blending predominantly Cuban rhythms with elements of jazz, rock, and soul music.
2.
a ballroom dance of Puerto Rican origin, performed to this music, similar to the mambo, but faster with the accent on the first beat instead of the second beat of each measure.
3.
Mexican Cookery. a sauce, especially a hot sauce containing chilies.
verb (used without object)
4.
to dance the salsa.
Origin of salsa
1970-1975
1970-75; < American Spanish, Spanish: literally, sauce; probably so called orig. because of its mixture of styles
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salsa

/ˈsælsə/
noun
1.
a type of Latin American big-band dance music
2.
a dance performed to this kind of music
3.
(Mexican cookery) a spicy tomato-based sauce
Word Origin
C20: from Spanish: sauce
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Word Origin and History for salsa
n.

kind of sauce, 1846; kind of dance music, 1975, from Spanish, literally "sauce," from Vulgar Latin *salsa "condiment" (see sauce (n.)). In American Spanish especially used of a kind of relish with chopped-up ingredients; the music so called from its blend of Latin jazz and rock styles.

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